Melbourne’s bikie war is teetering on the brink after an ex-gangster was shot at a funeral and his ally was brutally bashed in the space of a week.
Ex-Mongols bikie Sam ‘The Punisher’ Abdulrahim has issued a warning from his hospital bed with a photo of his bullet-riddled chest after he was attacked during his cousin’s funeral procession on Saturday.
The 32-year-old wrote alongside the picture: ‘Allah is bigger than all these flops, they’ll get there (sic) day.’
Four bullet holes were evident in the image in a diagonal line across his chest.
Abdulrahim was dumped from the Mongels Melbourne chapter last year alongside Toby Mitchell and their allies, Mark Balsillie and Jason Addison.
Police are investigating whether low level members of the gang are behind the latest attack acting on commands from senior hierarchy within the club.
The 32-year-old wrote: ‘Allah is bigger than all these flops, they’ll get there (sic) day,’ alongside the topless picture. Four bullet holes in a diagonal line across his chest were evident in the image
Ex-Mongols bikie Sam ‘The Punisher’ Abdulrahim has issued a warning from his hospital bed with a photo of his bullet-riddled chest after he was attacked during his cousin’s funeral procession on Saturday
Just a week before Abdulrahim was set upon, Addison was brutally bashed at a motorbike show at the Knowsley-Barnadown Rd raceway.
The 57-year-old presented to hospital with serious facial injuries. A photo of the aftermath show Addison bloodied and bruised, with his eyes so swollen he can hardly open them
The 57-year-old later presented to hospital with serious facial injuries. A photo of the aftermath show Addison bloodied and bruised, with his eyes so swollen he can hardly open them.
‘At this stage it appears a targeted attack and the parties are believed to be known to one another,’ a police spokeswoman said.
There are now concerns Melbourne’s underworld is on track to explode like it has in Sydney in the past 18 months.
One gangland source told The Herald Sun: ‘This isn’t going to stop.’
Abdulrahim was shot while driving his $ 300,000 Mercedes G-Class during his cousin’s funeral procession near Fawkner Cemetery, in Melbourne’s north, on Saturday.
While the assailants did manage to shoot him several times in the chest, Abdulrahim has no life-threatening injuries. He has damage to his lungs, liver and kidney.
Police are also investigating whether Abdulrahim fired any shots back.
The Mazda SUV used during the hit was captured on fire a short distance from the scene. Police also reportedly found the gun and clothing dumped nearby.
Just a week before Abdulrahim was set upon, Addison (pictured) was brutally bashed at a motorbike show at the Knowsley-Barnadown Rd raceway
Abdulrahim was unceremoniously dumped from the Mongels Melbourne chapter last year alongside Toby Mitchell and their allies, Mark Balsillie and Jason Addison
Early investigations suggest this hit was the work of amateurs and, while police are exploring multiple lines of inquiry, it appears as though it could have been the work of new or soon-to-be Mongols members.
Abdulrahim and his associates were booted from the club for supposed ‘treachery’, with one underworld source describing the four men as ‘targets’.
Premier Daniel Andrews warned any person found to have links to these crimes will face ‘the full force of the law’.
‘I’m very confident that the people involved in this completely unacceptable behavior will feel the full force of the law,’ he said.
‘This is just not on. I send my best wishes to those members of the public who’ve been caught up in this.
‘Victoria Police Command takes issues of gangs and gun crime very, very seriously, just as I do.
‘I’m confident that Victoria Police… have the laws, they’ve got the powers and they’ve got the people to keep us safe.’
Police are appealing for witnesses to come forward regarding both attacks as they frantically work to avoid widespread carnage like in Sydney.
Bodies have been piling up in the Harbor City in the past 18 months, with 13 contract killings linked to the bitter feud between the Hamzy and Alameddine crime clans.
Bodies have been piling up in the Harbor City in the past 18 months with at least a dozen contract killings linked to the bitter feud between the Hamzy and Alameddine crime clans
The highly-planned hits – which have sometimes involved using secret tracking devices attached to cars – have been so precisely executed that investigators are mostly powerless to stop the war from escalating.
Terrified witnesses are often too scared to speak over fears of retaliation, making it nearly impossible to prosecute the perpetuators.
In a desperate move to quell the violence, state police are teaming up with the Australian Federal Police and intelligence agencies in a new ‘super taskforce’ dubbed Erebus.
Since August 2020 there have been 13 murders linked to the turf war between the Hamzy and Alameddine crime families.
HOW THE UNDERWORLD HAS ERUPTED IN SYDNEY
AUGUST 29, 2020 – Fares Abounader, a Comanchero bikie was shot dead in a drive-by attack as his wife and young child were inside their Panania house.
OCTOBER 4, 2020 – Shaylin Zreika – an associate of the Alameddines – is beaten with a metal bar in a street fight in Strathfield
OCTOBER 18, 2020 – Rafat Alameddine’s former home is shot up in a drive-by shooting
OCTOBER 19, 2020 – Mejid Hamzy is shot dead in Condell Park
JANUARY 30, 2021 – Mustafa Naaman is shot dead in Hurstville in a suspected mistaken identity attack on Ibrahem Hamze
JANUARY 30, 2021 – Mejed Derbas is shot dead in Smithfield
FEBRUARY 15, 2021 – Bilal Hamze’s mother Maha Hamze comes under gunfire again in another drive-by shooting at her home in Auburn
MARCH 12, 2021 – A home linked to the Alameddine family in Guildford is shot up
AUGUST 6, 2021 – Alameddine low-level associate Shady Kanj is shot in Chester Hill and found dead by police in Guildford
AUGUST 14, 2021 – Police foil alleged gangland hit on Ibrahim Hamze when they spot stolen Mercedes in North Sydney
OCTOBER 20, 2021 – Salim and Toufik Hamze are gunned down outside their home in Guildford
NOVEMBER 10, 2021 – Drive-by shooting at Guildford home of Alameddine associate. No-one is hurt
JANUARY 6, 2022 – Brother of Bassam Hamzy, Ghassan Amoun, is shot dead at 35 years of age in a brazen daylight execution as he sat in a BMW outside an apartment building in Western Sydney.
APRIL, 4, 2022 – Mahmoud ‘Brownie’ Ahmad aka ‘Mr Big’ is gunned down in a hail of bullets – after being warned by police that he had a million-dollar bounty on his head for his role in deadly shooting in Greenacre.
MAY 10, 2022 – Comanchero bikies with links to the Alameddine clan, Tarek Zahed and his brother Omar were shot at while training at a gym in Auburn. Omar died at the sight while Tarek miraculously killed after being shot 10 times including in the face.
MAY 14: Rami Iskander, 23, was shot in the torso in front of his pregnant wife and two-year-old child at his home on Knox Street at Belmore just before 4am on Saturday. He is the nephew of Brownie Ahmad
MAY 15: NSW Police launch Strikeforce Erebus to try and tackle the growing problem of gang violence with the Australian Federal Police and intelligence agencies partnering with state cops to stop the bloodshed.