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Gangland murders grip Sydney streets

AAP logoAAP 17/11/2016 Anna Hitchings

Eight underworld figures have been gunned down in Sydney since last year, with four in the past eight months alone. The spate of shootings has prompted NSW Police to launch Strike Force Osprey to oversee the investigations into each of the incidents.

2016:

* PASQUALE BARBARO

November 14 - Barbaro, 35, executed outside an Earlwood home in southwest Sydney. Barbaro's grandfather and cousin were both killed in gangland hits and there were unconfirmed rumours he was an informant.

* HAMAD ASSAAD

October 25 - Assaad shot dead in broad daylight by at least two gunmen in the driveway of his Georges Hall home. Assaad, 29, was a key suspect in the murder of underworld figure Walid Ahmad.

* MEHMET YILMAZ

September 9 - Yilmaz was shot at point-blank range while getting into his car where his fiancee was seated in a St Marys street. Police said Yilmaz was not formally aligned with any gangs but was believed to be closely linked with one.

* ADRIAN BUXTON

May 19 - Buxton gunned down as he put the bins out at his Colyton home at night. Buxton's wife and two children were inside at the time. Buxton had links to the Nomads bikie gang and his death was believed to be linked to two other recent shootings.

* WALID AHMAD

April 29 - Gangland kingpin and convicted killer Ahmad, 40, killed in a spray of bullets on the rooftop car park of Bankstown Central shopping centre. Ahmad's murder was believed to be in retaliation for the fatal shooting of Safwan Charbaji outside a Condell Park panel beater several weeks earlier.

* SAFWAN CHARBAJI

April 9 - Charbaji, 32, fatally wounded and another man seriously injured after a gunfight outside a Condell Park smash repair business linked to Ahmad. An outstanding debt dispute was reportedly one of the possible motives being investigated for the fatal shooting.

* MICHAEL DAVEY

March 30 - Davey was shot dead in the driveway in a drive-by shooting in Kingswood. Believed to be a member of the Rebels motorcycle gang, Davey had escaped injury during a shooting at a shopping centre the previous year.

2015:

* MARK EASTER

June 26 - Easter's body was found dumped on the side of the Pacific Highway in Cowan. The Rebels bikie gang member was shot several times in the head in what police described as an execution.

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