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Bombing raises concerns of bikie war -

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Reporter: Michael Edwards

BRENDAN TREMBATH: An early morning attack has fuelled concerns of a major escalation in gang
warfare across Sydney.

In the inner-west a bomb exploded outside a Hells Angels clubhouse and shots were fired into a
nearby tattoo parlour.

No one was hurt but this comes on top of a series of drive-by shootings linked to feuds between
bikie gangs.

Michael Edwards has this report.

MICHAEL EDWARDS: To residents living nearby the Hells Angels clubhouse in the inner-city suburb of
Petersham, the blast sounded like a massive thunderbolt.

PETERSHAM RESIDENT: We were asleep and we just heard like a massive thunderbolt, it was almost as
if it was outside the window. It literally shook everything.

PETERSHAM RESIDENT 2: Heard one of the loudest noises I haven't heard in a long time. I woke mum up
and I turned around and I said 'mum the thunderstorm, they got a bloody right for once, the
thunderstorms are coming.'

MICHAEL EDWARDS: The blast ripped away awnings, smashed a glass wall out front of the clubhouse and
damaged other buildings several hundreds of metres away.

No one was hurt, but further damage was prevented to the clubhouse by what appears to be a blast
wall.

Ken is a local resident; he says it was well known that the terrace was used as a clubhouse by the
Hells Angels.

KEN: We knew it was a bikie clubhouse. It was a little bit noisy when it first opened, but then
went quiet; it was almost as if it wasn't used.

We've had a bombing once before I believe.

MICHAEL EDWARDS: A nearby tattoo parlour was also peppered with gunfire, its frontage is now
pockmarked with dozens of bullet holes.

No one was injured during the incident.

Eyewitnesses reportedly told police they saw two men leave the scene shortly after in a four-wheel
drive.

It's clear the attack was directed at an inner-city chapter of the Hells Angels motorcycle club.

It's the latest in a series of bikie-related incidents across Sydney.

Four men with links to the Bandidos bikie gang were arrested in January for their alleged
involvement in a series of drive-by shootings.

And today, Police have arrested two senior members of the Rebels bikie gang, in an operation
targeting ecstasy supply on the state's Central Coast.

They say they found 6,000 ecstasy tablets, cash and three cars used to distribute the drugs.

The New South Wales Police say some motorcycle gang members are involved in sophisticated criminal
enterprises.

Detective superintendent Mal Lanyon is the head of the New South Wales Police Gang Squad.

MAL LANYON: Through Operation Ranmore, we have made a substantial number of arrests since May 2007.
In fact there have been 877 people charged, who are either outlaw motorcycle gang members, or their
associates. And a total of 1,961 charges referred.

We have made it very clear that we will not tolerate illegal of unlawful behaviour by members of
outlaw motorcycle gangs.

MICHAEL EDWARDS: The charges include possession and supply of drugs, assault and other violent
activities. The recent spate of violence is believed to be linked to rivalry between different
clubs over criminal activities.

But a source within one of the clubs says senior members are tiring of the feuding and are looking
for ways to end it. The source says there's a new breed of bikie joining the clubs, and these men
don't respect the same rules and traditions as the older generation of bikies.

BRENDAN TREMBATH: Michael Edwards.