Combined Forces Special Enforcement Unit Supt. Tom McCluskie.

Police warn of danger from violence as gang tensions rise

Members of Dhak and Duhre gangs being targeted by rival gangsters



Police are issuing an unusual warning that members of the Dhak and Duhre gangs are being targeted by rival gangsters and anyone close to them could be caught in the crossfire.

“There’s a lot of tensions between the gangs right now,” Combined Forces Special Enforcement Unit Supt. Tom McCluskie said Tuesday.

“If you are associating, if you’re hanging around or if you’re family or even friends of the Dhaks or the Duhres, you are in danger.”

The warning was issued after a shooting in Surrey Friday night critically injured Jujhar Singh Khun-Khun, a member of the Dhak group that’s believed to be allied with the Duhres and United Nations gang against other crime groups, including the Hells Angels.

“The shooting Friday night took place on a city street where any member of the public could have easily been caught in the crossfire,” McCluskie said.

CFSEU Sgt. Bill Whalen said investigators believe it’s “quite possible” but not certain that the Surrey shooting is linked to the Kelowna shooting incident last month that killed Jonathan Bacon and wounded two other people, including a prominent Hells Angel.

There are now more than 80 officers working on a special task force investigating the Kelowna and Surrey shootings, as well as generally elevated gang tensions in the Lower Mainland.

McCluskie said officers have also given specific individual warnings of the danger to several members or people associated with the targeted crime groups.

It’s the first time in at least two years police have issued a specific warning that gang violence could be imminent in the Lower Mainland.

It has happened at least once previously when officers warned that the Bacon group was being targeted and anyone nearby could be at risk.

McCluskie said members of the public aren’t specifically targeted, but noted more attacks could happen anywhere.

“These guys don’t care where it is. They have no regard whatsoever for the safety of the public.”

Just Posted

Fraser Valley Thunderbirds finish second in Acura Winter Classic tournament

Several Chilliwack skaters lead the way as the B.C. Minor Midget Hockey League squad rolls into 2019

Chilliwack Players Guild brings first ever radio play to stage

An Affair of Honour is based on a true story, written by the father of a Chilliwack man

Chilliwack school board plans for an integrated arts school for grades 8-12 at old UFV location

With $10 million from B.C. government, SD 33 has big plans for old UFV campus at 45635 Yale Road

Relationships, continuity top health-care concerns for Agassiz residents

Feedback during Fraser Health events showed access to health care needs to improve

More staff being hired at Fraser Valley seniors homes

Number of care hours for residents lags behind provincial targets

UK lawmakers reject Brexit deal in 432-202 vote

House of Commons votes against the deal struck between Britain’s government and the EU

Millennial Money: Don’t let Instagram envy get you into debt

A full 48 per cent of U.S. households have credit card debt

Jury debates fate of man accused of killing 12-year-old B.C. girl 40 years ago

Police allege Garry Handlen told a cop how he abducted, sexually assaulted and strangled Monica Jack in May 1978

Letters on way to all homeowners in B.C. speculation tax communities

Property owners have to register to avoid vacant-home tax

New orca calf in Salish Sea ‘healthy and active’

Birth cause for celebration but things still dire genetically, expert says

Good Samaritan rescues cat found in heaps of garbage at B.C. landfill

The cat was abandoned and left to die at the Foothills Boulevard Regional Landfill, the BC SPCA says

Vancouver, Victoria, Kelowna home to Canada’s most expensive rentals: report

According to PadMapper, units in larger B.C. cities cost $1,300 to more than $3,000

Former MP Svend Robinson wants to return to politics

Robinson is expected to be acclaimed as the NDP candidate in the riding of Burnaby North-Seymour

Most Read