Crime kingpin with $1million bounty on his head wanted to buy an armoured car before he was killed


Incredible trick mobster with a $1MILLION bounty on his head used to avoid being assassinated – only to be finally gunned down in a hail of bullets after trying to buy an armoured car

  • Crime lord was on the hunt for an armoured car to protect himself from gangs 
  • Mahmoud ‘Brownie’ Ahmad had a $1million price on his head before his death 
  • The former prison inmate was also planning an escape from his woes overseas 

A slain underworld figure had been arranging to buy an armoured car after he found out there was a price on his head – before being gunned down in a ‘hail of bullets’.  

NSW Police Deputy Commissioner Dave Hudson told a budget estimates hearing on Wednesday that police had spoken to Mahmoud ‘Brownie’ Ahmad several times in recent months.

He revealed police had warned the kingpin about a $1million bounty on his head and that Ahmad told police he was looking into protecting himself from rival gangs.

‘He told officers he was in search of an armoured vehicle to protect himself and he only stayed at places for 15 minutes at a time,’ he said. 

Mahmoud ‘Brownie’ Ahmad (pictured) was looking into buying an armoured car to protect himself from rival gangs who placed a high price on the crime figure’s head

Ahmad was peppered with bullets when he left an associate's home in a suburban street (pictured) in Greenacre last week

Ahmad was peppered with bullets when he left an associate’s home in a suburban street (pictured) in Greenacre last week 

Police suspect reprisals to occur after the crime boss's demise last week, while mourners for Ahmad paid their respects on Tuesday

Police suspect reprisals to occur after the crime boss’s demise last week, while mourners for Ahmad paid their respects on Tuesday

‘As soon as Ramadan was over he [said he] would be returning to Lebanon and he was only in Australia to collect on debts that were owed to him.’ 

But the man known as ‘Mr Big’ in criminal circles was shot dead while visiting an associate in a suburban street in Greenacre at 9.30pm on May 27.

More than one person ‘lay in wait’ outside the house before opening fire.

Officers from Strike Force Raptor were in the area at the time and arrived to find a dying Ahmad lying in the street. 

Homicide Squad Commander Detective Superintendent Danny Doherty said at the time Ahmad was ‘always going to end up on a slab in a morgue or end up back in jail’.

‘Unfortunately for him, he’s in the morgue as we speak.’

‘We’d be here for a long time if we were to go through the history of everyone he was in conflict with.’

‘He didn’t care and didn’t want to hide and he’s borne the consequences of his actions,’ Detective Superintendent Doherty said.

Ahmad (pictured) had only recently been released from prison after serving five years for the manslaughter of an underworld rival at a Sydney scrap yard in 2016

Ahmad (pictured) had only recently been released from prison after serving five years for the manslaughter of an underworld rival at a Sydney scrap yard in 2016

A harrowing picture shows Sydney underworld kingpin 'Mr Big' fighting for life after he was brazenly executed in a hail of bullets in Sydney

A harrowing picture shows Sydney underworld kingpin ‘Mr Big’ fighting for life after he was brazenly executed in a hail of bullets in Sydney

The high-profile murder came after the crime figure had a narrow escape from an attempt on his life in a park in Rushcutters Bay last October. 

Authorities fear last week’s brutal execution will spark yet another escalation in the bloody gang war raging on Sydney’s streets.

Ahmad had only recently been released from prison after serving five years for the manslaughter of an underworld rival at a Sydney scrap yard in 2016.

Authorities said it was a ‘miracle’ nobody else was hurt in the barrage of bullets.

‘My understanding is a lot of people were in the street at the time,’ Homicide Squad Commander Detective Superintendent Danny Doherty said last week.

Police have appealed for other people in the area at the time to come forward, particularly those with mobile phone or dashcam footage.

How shooting unfolded: Timeline of attack on Mahmoud Ahmad

Mahmoud ‘Brownie’ Ahmad went to Narelle Crescent, Greenacre on Wednesday night to visit an associate.

Around 9.30pm, he was leaving when he was gunned down by ‘a large hail of bullets’ outside the home.

More than one person ‘lay in wait’ outside the house before opening fire.

Officers from Strike Force Raptor were in the area at the time and arrived to find a dying Ahmad lying in the street.

‘The movements of Brownie Ahmed are being investigated,’  Homicide Squad Commander Detective Superintendent Danny Doherty said.

‘He was at that address visiting an associate.

‘He’d been there for a little bit and was leaving.

‘What appears to be – whoever was in a car – as soon as he was out open in the street more than one person in that vehicle, someone’s fired shots at Brownie Ahmed

‘They’ve planned it. it’s well executed and I suppose it was a meticulous assassination of a person they were going to kill.’

‘They weren’t going to muck around with this one, that’s for sure.’

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