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Further details revealed of horrific injuries to Quinn executive Kevin Lunney

Kevin Lunney was abducted and beaten by a masked gang

BUSINESS executive Kevin Lunney had the letters relating to Quinn Industrial Holdings carved into his chest with a knife during his terrifying two-and-a-half hour torture ordeal.

Mr Lunney was abducted from his home in Derrylin in Co Fermanagh last Tuesday by a gang of four masked men, badly beaten and dumped across the border in Co Cavan.

During the sadistic attack the father-of-six is believed to have had fingernails removed as well as sustaining a broken leg and suffering facial injures.

The Irish News has learned that among the devastating injuries suffered by the company director was having the letters 'QIH' carved across his torso.

An area of land remains sealed off in Drumbade outside the village of Ballinagh in Co Cavan in what is being seen as a significant development in the investigation. All roads to the site have been closed off by gardaí since Sunday.

A container that gardaí suspect Mr Lunney may have been held in is now the subject of a detailed forensic examination by specialists from the Garda Technical Bureau.

However, it is believed the gang cleaned the area where Mr Lunney was tortured with industrial bleach in an attempt to destroy evidence.

Searches being carried out in Drumbade outside Ballinagh, Co Cavan as part of the investigation into the abduction of Kevin Lunney.

Sources say the circle of people said to be involved in the attack is much larger than police previously thought.

Those with links to paramilitary organisations, including the Continuity IRA, along with a number of individuals involved in cross border organised criminality are believed to be involved.

Gardaí are still searching for a white van used by the gang and the black Audi saloon car where Mr Lunney was bundled into the boot.

The Divisional Search team is also carrying out searches of the area, including a fenced off site with scrap metal.

They suspect the gang may have stored the vehicles in outbuildings with a view to breaking them down at a later date to dispose of them.

Gardaí also believe they have identified at least one of the gang members who was captured on CCTV buying bleach.

The QIH executive was doused in bleach prior to being dumped at the side of the road in Cornafean, Co Cavan.

Hundreds gather at the Quinn company head quarters in Derrylin to show their support for injured company director Kevin Lunney.

At a rally on Friday hundreds of workers and the community came together in a show of unity with Mr Lunney.

QIH director John McCartin said for the first time people have "stood up en masse and made it known that those who attack and berate and defame and intimidate the people working in these businesses do not do so on behalf of this community".

Former billionaire Sean Quinn has repeatedly condemned the string of attacks on workers involved in his former companies, including Quinn Industrial Holdings.

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