Gardai at Buncrana investigating the republican vigilante murder of Andrew Allen have issued an appeal for information about a Northern-registered car reportedly seen in the area.
The 24-year-old father-of-two was gunned down at his home at Links View Park, Luddan, Buncrana, on February 9. Mr Allen was blasted to death through a downstairs back bedroom window in front of his girlfriend at approximately 9.22 pm.
Gardai have now said they are seeking the public’s assistance in relation to a number of aspects of the murder investigation:-
Did anyone observe a dark grey/silver cavalier hatchback SJI 2117 in the days prior to or on the day of the murder on the 9th February 2012?
In particular, did anyone observe the dark grey/silver cavalier hatchback SJI 2117 on the day of the murder in or around Links View Park or between Links View Park, Buncrana and Church Brae, Fahan between 8pm and 10pm.
Did anyone observe any suspicious activity in or around Links View Park, Buncrana in the days prior to or on the 9th February 2012?
Did anyone observe any vehicle acting suspiciously or travelling at speed between Links View Park, Buncrana and Derry after 9.22pm on 9th February 2012?
A Gardai spokersperson said: “Gardai are appealing to anyone who may have information to assist them in bringing the perpetrators of this heinous crime to justice to contact them on the following numbers:- Incident room, Buncrana Garda Station 00 353 74 93 20540; Confidential Telephone Number 1800 666 111.
Earlier today Republican Action Against Drugs (RAAD) issued a statement to the Derry Journal claiming responsibility for “executing” Mr Allen. The vigilante group claimed that its Donegal unit carried out the killing, claiming Mr Allen was a “death dealer and career criminal” who was “warned to cease his activities five to six months ago but refused to do so.”
And in a further chilling threat, RAAD claimed Mr Allen was on a list of six men “who will be facing the ultimate sanction in the near future”.
The group urged anyone involved in drug dealing to take advantage of their “amnesty”.
Mr Allen’s murder was the first carried out by RAAD who have meted out numerous punishment-style shootings of individuals and attacks on homes, commercial property and vehicles across the North West, including Donegal, over the past few years.
(Further updates to follow on our website, Facebook and Twitter and in Friday’s Derry Journal)