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Ireland: Criminal gang shoots man to death after high-speed chase through Limerick

Following the a high-speed chase Thursday through the western Irish city of Limerick, a criminal gang ambushed and killed a 34-year-old man, police and witnesses said.

The victim, a passenger on a motorcycle being pursued by a gunman in a car, was shot to death after the motorcycle crashed into a parked car and the passenger tried to flee on foot - but encountered another gunman on foot at a crossroads, police said.

Limerick has long been bedeviled by deadly feuding between the city's two family-run gangs. Six people connected to both gangs have been killed in the city since 2001. In September, a 6-year-old girl and 4-year-old boy suffered horrific burns but survived when gang members threw a Molotov cocktail into a car parked outside a rival's home.

Last week, undercover police arrested two men suspected of trying to smuggle an arsenal of weapons - including assault rifles, submachine guns and armor-piercing rocket launchers - to one of the Limerick gangs.

The Basmanny Court of Moscow arrested Michael Calvey, the founder of Baring Vostok investment fund, on allegations of embezzling 2.5 billion rubles from Vostochny Bank. Calvey will be held in custody until April 13

Putin informed about arrest of US investor Michael Calvey
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