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Coolock: Human remains discovered in Dublin suburb

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Image caption Gardaí have not identified the victim

Gardaí (Irish police) have launched an investigation after human body parts were found in north Dublin.

Officers were alerted shortly before 22:00 local time on Monday when what are understood to be human limbs were found in a sports bag outside houses in Coolock.

The Dublin city coroner and state pathologist have been informed.

Crime scene officers are currently examining the scene in Moatview Gardens, which has been sealed off.

A white tent was placed over the discovery.

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Due to an ongoing local gangland feud over drugs, there has been an increased garda presence in the area.

The policing priority will be to identify the victim, probably using DNA.

Gardaí say they are keeping an open mind as to the identity of the victim and will be going through missing persons lists.

But they are aware of a threat to a 17-year-old from a neighbouring county who had been told by a drugs gang that he would be abducted, murdered and cut up.