AT­TEMPTS, 18 BULLETS KID­NAPPED BY THE IRA FOY SUR­VIVES IT ALL…

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CAR BLIMEY! The Viper es­caped from this bul­let rid­dled Mazda (above) and later sur­vived seven wounds while in the

Audi (be­low) dodge the bullets as round af­ter round made contact with the ve­hi­cle.

One round grazed him on the side of his head, but mirac­u­lously caused only a cut, which left him bleed­ing badly but still very much alive.

Po­lice were on the scene within min­utes

“This is get­ting f***ing ridicu­lous. I don’t know what I am go­ing to do about it,” he told them. UT it was the same old story for the vet­eran crook on Satur­day Jan­uary 26, 2008.

He put his gym bag into the boot of his green Audi A6 and drove the car to­wards the exit of the gym car park. Fo­ley stopped at the junc­tion of Kim­mage Road West when a man wear­ing a bal­a­clava and bran­dish­ing a gun ran to­wards him.

Fo­ley barely had time to reg­is­ter what was hap­pen­ing

Bbe­fore the gun­man opened fire with a Glock 9mm semi­au­to­matic pis­tol. The shooter was less than three feet away from Fo­ley when he pulled the trig­ger and within sec­onds seven rounds had been fired, all hit­ting their tar­get.

Fo­ley was struck in the hip, spine, kid­ney and three times in the shoul­der. One round bounced off his skull near his right eye, amaz­ingly caus­ing lit­tle or no dam­age.

His leg­endary sur­vival in­stincts kicked in and he crouched un­der the steer­ing wheel and man­aged to continue to drive the car. The gun­man fired four more shots but the Audi sped across the road and crashed into a gar­den wall. Doc­tors were un­sure if Fo­ley would sur­vive the five-hour op­er­a­tion to re­move the bullets lodged in his body.

Twelve days af­ter he was shot out­side the gym, Martin Fo­ley woke up.

Re­mark­ably, there was no long-term dam­age to his health, save a few more bat­tle scars.

Gang­land’s Rasputin had sur­vived again and the Grim Reaper would have to wait to bring the crim­i­nal on his fi­nal jour­ney home.

GINMAN:

Brian Mee­han

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