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Simultaneous drive-by gun attacks on Ibrahim houses

“The Ibrahim family made investigations into the shootings difficult because they refused to help officers trying to interview them.”– Sounds familiar?

“GUNMEN”  have staged a brazen attack on the empire of nightclub boss John Ibrahim, synchronising drive-by shootings at two of his properties including his eastern suburbs clifftop mansion.

The attacks are the sign of an escalating war against the Kings Cross identity and his family that now involves five drive-by shootings this year.

Only one person has been injured in those attacks – Mr Ibrahim’s brother Sam – but one of the latest attacks left a woman and her seven-year-old son cowering in the Merrylands home they rent from the nightclub owner.

Mr Ibrahim yesterday hit back at the gunmen, releasing a statement through his lawyer Stephen Alexander that “the class of 2010-2011 is the most gutless that Sydney has ever produced”.

However, while Mr Ibrahim was not talking to detectives yesterday, he appeared to lash out at the police, adding that: “Sydney’s finest will solve this mystery as they’ve solved all the other Ibrahim shootings.”


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    A senior officer, who did not want to be named, said the Ibrahim family made investigations into the shootings difficult because they refused to help officers trying to interview them.

The 8.30pm shooting of Mr Ibrahim’s Dover Heights mansion on Thursday is the first time he has been targeted personally.

But while he was not injured, it was left to his frightened neighbours to call police about the attack on the recently renovated four-bedroom home. Early-morning walkers found a number of bullet casings and forensics police spent yesterday examining bullet holes in the home. The Merrylands home, which is next door to Mr Ibrahim’s mother’s home, was peppered with bullets about the same time.

Police said “there is a motivation behind” the shootings but were trying to determine what it was and “what the motivations of the next play may be”.

Meanwhile, neighbours of the Ibrahims remain fearful of being caught in a possible gangland war.

Middle Eastern Crime

For some time now a handful of ex police officers, like Tim Priest who was a  Detective Sergeant in the NSW Police Force, have been writing and lecturing to any one who wishes to listen on the rise of Middle Eastern Crime (MEC) in this country. (Middle Eastern Crime)