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Melbourne gang wars: 10 days to plot to kill Ex-Mongol, Sam 'The Punisher' Abdulrahim in Epping

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Inside the gangland assassination plot which took 10 days to plan and STILL went wrong when ex-Mongol, Sam 'The Punisher' Abdulrahim was shot eight times and SURVIVED - and how a Bunnings fuel can lead to his alleged hitmen

  • Ex-Mongol bikie Sam 'The Punisher' Abdulrahim was shot eight times on June 25
  • Police hunted down one alleged attempted-killer from a Bunnings purchase 
  • CCTV shows a man carrying two jerry cans to a car with two other people inside 
  • Abdulrahim recovered from the attack in a fortnight despite eight bullet wounds 

By Ashley Nickel For Daily Mail Australia

Published: 12:38, 6 August 2022 | Updated: 12:48, 6 August 2022

Failed assassins allegedly spent 10 days planning a botched attack against a former gang kingpin who recovered in under three weeks.

Ex-Mongol, Sam 'The Punisher' Abdulrahim was shot eight times while sitting in his Mercedes-Benz during his cousin's funeral procession on June 25.

Four of the bullets landed in Abdulrahim's chest, injuring his lungs, while the rest injured liver and kidneys. 

Scroll down for the video. 

Police have hunted down one fo the alleged attempted-killers from the purchase of two jerry cans from Bunnings Warehouse in Epping, Melbourne (pictured, the suspect carrying the jerry cans)

CCTV footage shows one of the alleged shooters (above) fleeing the scene where he allegedly shot ex-Mongol bikie Sam 'The Punisher' Abdulrahim during his cousin's funeral procession

The 32-year-old made a 'miraculous' recovery just two weeks later and shared an ominous post showing his healing chest from a hospital bed.

'Allah is bigger than all these flops, they'll get their day,' he said. 

On Saturday it was revealed police hunted down one of the alleged attempted-killers from a pair of plastic fuel cans he bought from Bunnings Warehouse in Epping, Melbourne, 10 days before the attack on June 15, the Herald Sun reports.

Abdulrahim shared a photo taken of his bullet wounds healing once he was out of hospital just two weeks after the attack, writing: 'Allah is bigger than all these flops, they'll get their day'

Detectives allege the cans were intended to carry fuel to incinerate the car driven in the attempted assassination, a Mazda SUV, which was wrecked as the suspects fled (above)

CCTV footage of the man's Bunnings purchase shows him taking the two cans to a silver Subaru Impreza WRX with two other people inside. 

Detectives allege the cans were used to carry fuel intended to incinerate the car driven in the attempted assassination, a Mazda SUV.

However, the jerry cans were never used as the Mazda was destroyed in a crash as it fled the scene of the shooting.

Video footage captured just minutes after the crash shows one of the attempted killers jumping into a fast food restaurant's bin in an attempt to hide before leaving less than a minute later to find another spot. 

One of the alleged attempted-assassins (above) was caught on CCTV walking down a residential street with a full Coles shopping bag shortly after the attack

Abdulrahim (above) was reportedly told by new Mongol boss, Phil Main, that the attack was not the work of the bikie gang

Another of the alleged would-be-killers was spotted by CCTV walking down a residential street in Epping with a loaded Coles shopping bag.

However, the almost-killers are likely more worried about revenge from the former Mongol.

The 35-year-old kickboxer is believed to still have strong ties with leading figures in the world of Middle-eastern organised crime and was supported by other former Mongols members who left the gang at the change of leadership in April.

The group's new leader, Phil Main, reportedly spoke to Abdulrahim in the days after the shooting and told him it was not related to the Mongols.

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