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. Last Updated: 07/27/2016

IRA 'Mad Dog' Killed, Internal Feud Suspected

DUBLIN -- Gunmen shot and killed the former head of an Irish Republican Army splinter group, a man who once said he had killed 30 people.

Police suspected internal feuding was behind the slaying of Dominic McGlinchey, the former head of the Irish National Liberation Army. No one immediately claimed responsibility.

McGlinchey, 40, was killed late Thursday in Drogheda, on Ireland's east coast, halfway between Dublin and the border with Northern Ireland, police said Friday. The killers escaped.

He died as he predicted he would -- by assassins' bullets. He survived an assassination attempt on June 12, but was shot in both hands as he tried to protect himself and a bullet struck his skull.

Police Superintendent Patrick O'Boyle said an initial autopsy found two gunmen pumped at least 10 bullets into McGlinchey after dragging him from a telephone booth. They were driven away by a third man.

McGlinchey was gunned down in a residential area shortly after he and one of his sons visited a fish and chip shop.

McGlinchey joined the IRA's fight against British rule in Northern Ireland in 1971 and took part in attacks on security forces. He later fell out with the IRA and became leader of the INLA, which was formed in 1972.

On his release from prison last year after serving seven years for firearms offenses, McGlinchey said he had given up INLA activity.

McGlinchey claimed in an 1983 interview with the Sunday Tribune of Dublin that he had killed 30 people in 11 years of bombings and shootings in Northern Ireland and on the British mainland.

He said he liked to "get up close" to victims. Newspapers dubbed him "Mad Dog" because of his vicious attacks.

McGlinchey's wife Mary, a fellow INLA member whom he married while in jail, was slain by gunmen in 1987. Rival INLA members were blamed.