- - Wednesday, November 21, 2012

DUBLIN — Ireland’s police force says its officers have arrested 113 suspected drug dealers and seized five marijuana-growing facilities in the nation’s biggest-ever crackdown on triad drug-trafficking gangs.

Police say most of those arrested during raids on 236 properties Tuesday and Wednesday are Chinese and Vietnamese nationals involved in growing, smuggling and selling marijuana in Ireland.

They say many are connected to the biggest Hong Kong-based gang, Wo Shing Wo, and are being directed by triad chieftains based in neighboring Britain.

Most of those arrested are expected to be arraigned this week on charges including drug trafficking, robbery, burglary, arms possession and handling stolen goods.

The five marijuana-growing operations involved 4,200 plants with an estimated street value of $4.5 million.


India hangs gunman from Mumbai attack

MUMBAI — India executed the lone surviving gunman from the 2008 Mumbai terror attack early Wednesday, four years after Pakistani gunmen blazed through India’s financial capital, killing 166 people and throwing relations between the nuclear-armed neighbors into a tailspin.

Mohammed Ajmal Kasab, a Pakistani citizen, was hung in secrecy at a jail in Pune, a city near Mumbai, after Indian President Pranab Mukherjee rejected his plea for clemency.

News of the execution was widely cheered in India, with political parties organizing public celebrations and some people setting off firecrackers.

But for those more deeply touched by the events of 26/11, as the attack is known here, the hanging offered only a partial catharsis.

“This is an incomplete justice as the masterminds and main handlers of 26/11 are still absconding,” said Kavita Karkare, the widow of Hemant Karkare, the chief of Mumbai’s anti-terrorism squad who was killed while pursuing Kasab. “They should also be hanged.”

Indian officials accuse Pakistan’s intelligence agency of working with the militant group Lashkar-e-Taiba to plan the attack — an allegation Islamabad denies.

India and Pakistan, which have fought three wars since they were carved out of British India in 1947, suspended peace talks after the Mumbai attack.


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