Feud: Comanchero 'South' chapter,
including Mick Hijazi, fourth from left in sunglasses and
blue jeans. Photo: Ilya Gridneff
The violent, on-going feud within the ranks of
one of Australia's most notorious bikie gangs, the Comancheros,
has flared again with a Sydney clubhouse ambushed and its
Following months of tension, the Herald
has been told that senior gang members are preparing for a civil
war after the clubhouse of the South Chapter was stormed on
A source linked to the club said that up to 80
members from three other Comanchero chapters - the East, Wild
West and Milperra, were responsible for the raid on the Turrella
premises in Sydney's south at 8:30pm.
Wearing all black and armed with guns and
torches the bikies stormed the clubhouse and told the 20 South
members meeting inside that their chapter was to be closed down.
The South members were then told they could
defect to one of the other chapters or "hand back your colours".
Several of the South members were bashed, the
source said, including a veteran Comanchero member and another
man who remains in Bankstown Hospital with a broken jaw, nose
Police on Thursday said were
investigating the attack on the man but have no information
about an incident at Turrella.
Amidst a power struggle within the
gang, it meant South commander, Mohammad "Mick" Hijazi, became
one of the nation's highest ranking members and was touted as a
potential national president
The Herald revealed in April that the
Comancheros had expanded and opened the South chapter which
boasted about 40 members.
However in the weeks since, its formation has
not sat well with some within the club ranks.
Hijazi left the country for Lebanon shortly
after the chapter was set up and as the tension grew.
The source said that Wednesday night's attack
was a bid by other senior Comanchero to show their authority
over the club.
Hijazi, the source said, was now planning to
fly back to Sydney and to "sort it all out".
Police warned about tensions within the
Comancheros late last year after junior Comanchero Faalau Pisu
was shot dead outside a wedding reception Canley Vale, in
Sydney's south-west, in November.
Two days later another Comanchero, John
Devine, 28, the cousin of club president Mark Buddle, was gunned
down on a Rhodes street. He dragged himself 500 metres before
collapsing in a bloody heap outside the Rhodes Shopping Centre.
Police at the time said both shootings related
to an internal crisis within the Comancheros and that they
expected more trouble in the future.