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Taskforce Erebus will investigate how the fatal shooting incidents could be linked, as well as illicit drug distribution networks, gun supply, robbery and other criminal activities in the underworld groups.
Tarek somehow miraculously survived, despite being hit ten times, including a shot to the head.
But his brother, Omar, died at the scene after fatal shots to his stomach, arms and legs.
Iskander was the nephew of Mahmoud “Brownie” Ahmad, a high-profile underworld figure assassinated outside a friend’s home in Greenacre several weeks earlier.
“We know the victims in these crimes associated in similar circles,” Detective Chief Superintendent Darren Bennett said.
“This taskforce allows for … examination of how those connections relate to the shootings, and possible motivations.”
The community would likely play a big role in bringing the killers to justice, he said.
“When it comes to organised crime, investigators are up against a wall of silence,” Bennett said.
“Those connected to the victims, whether by blood, marriage or as an associate, are often unwilling to assist police, due to either misguided loyalties or fear of retribution.”
Since October, NSW Police swoops on Sydney’s organised crime syndicates have led to more than 260 arrests, the seizure of almost 70 guns, 3000 rounds of ammo, $2.5 million cash and illegal drugs worth in excess of $4 million.
Multiple agencies have joined Taskforce Erebus, including the NSW Crime Commission, Australian Criminal Intelligence Commission and Australian Federal Police.