Keane Mulready-Woods, 17, was abducted and murdered – Image: Irish Mirror

There are fears that the IRA could get involved in a drug gang war that led to the murder and dismemberment of a 17-year-old boy.

The UK Mirror reports today: “Footage has emerged showing a masked man with a knife claiming to know who killed Keane Mulready-Woods in Drogheda, Ireland, and threatening to show up at their home, it is reported.”

The video “showing a masked man with a knife – who claims to be from Belfast’s Falls Road – has emerged days after Keane Mulready-Woods was abducted, murdered and dismembered in Drogheda, Ireland”.

In the video, the masked man claims to be from Belfast’s Falls Road, which is synonymous with republicanism in the Northern Irish city.

“Detectives believe Keane was murdered and cut into pieces at a house before his severed body parts were dumped in different locations as part of a drug gang feud,” the report said.

In the video seen by the Daily Star, the masked man wields a knife and says: “We know exactly who this is mate (the murderers).

“We will be there tonight (at your house) – I promise you on my man’s life. You’re dealing with the boys from the Falls Road in Belfast.”

Meanwhile, the report said: “It is claimed the chief suspect in the gruesome murder had threatened to shoot a rival shortly before the killing.

Nearly a week later – no arrests – Image: PA

“Keane’s severed head was found in a burning car.

“The rival was so terrified by threats and the firebombing of his house in Drogheda, Ireland, that he fled the country.
“The recording was obtained by a reporter days after Keane was abducted, murdered and dismembered in a drug gang hit.

“It is thought that Keane was recording video on a mobile phone when the main suspect was recently attacked as he left a gym, RTE reports.”

According to the report: “No-one has been arrested for Keane’s killing as tensions remain high in the town and gardai fear further violence.

“Keane, who was reportedly involved in organised crime, was last seen alive at 6pm on Sunday.

“It is understood he was abducted in the Ballsgrove area of the town and taken to a house in Rathmullen, where he was tortured, murdered and his body dismembered.

“After a number of appeals from family on social media, the teen’s severed limbs were found in a black sports bag on a pavement in north Dublin – about 30 miles from where he was last seen alive – just before 10pm on Monday.

“The remains were dumped near a rival gangster’s home in Moatview estate in Coolock.

“At about 1.30am on Wednesday, a bag containing his heads, hands and feet were found in a burning Volvo in Drumcondra, north Dublin.

“Detectives were still looking for the teen’s torso.

“Officers had warned Keane on January 5 that his life was in danger.

“The killing has forced the Irish General Election to focus on gangland crime.”

  • Top Feature Photo: Keane’s severed head was found in a burning car in Drumcondra, DublinImage: PA