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Sunday 24 September 2017

Stabbed men 'lucky to be alive' after knifing horror outside bank

The knife attack happened outside the EBS bank in Swords
The knife attack happened outside the EBS bank in Swords

Two young men suffered serious stab wounds after being attacked in a north Co Dublin town.

The pair were knifed when a row broke out outside the EBS bank in Main Street, Swords, at 10.45pm on Tuesday.

While the young men were understood to be recovering from their injuries in Beaumont Hospital last night, sources said they were lucky to survive the shocking attack.

One of the victims, a 19-year-old from the town's Abbeylea estate, was stabbed in the face, stomach and back.

Collapsed

The other victim, a 21-year-old of Eastern European origin, suffered a collapsed lung and internal bleeding after being stabbed in the side.

He lives on the Highfield Crescent estate in the town.

"In reality these fellas are lucky to be alive. They received very serious stab wounds," a source said last night.

It was not clear what led to the savage incident but no arrests have yet been made in the case, which is being investigated by Swords gardai.

It is understood that officers hunting for the attackers are studying good-quality CCTV footage. Gardai yesterday made an appeal for information over the attack.

"At approximately 22.45, two men aged 19 and 21 sustained apparent stab wounds during what was described as an altercation involving a number of men on Main Street, Swords," a garda spokesman said.

"They were both taken to Beaumont Hospital for treatment to injuries understood to be non-life-threatening.

"An examination of the scene has been carried out. No arrests have been made and enquiries are ongoing."

Meanwhile in a separate investigation, a 26-year-old Mullingar man is still fighting for his life in Beaumont Hospital after being deliberately run over in Edgeworthstown, Co Longford, over the weekend.

Gardai believe the victim was targeted by a thug driving a silver Ford Transit van in the town's main street after an earlier row in a pub.

The shocking incident unfolded at 2.30am on Sunday and is being investigated by Granard gardai, who have appealed for information.

Critical

"A man in his 20s, a pedestrian, was struck by a silver Ford Transit van, which failed to remain at the scene," a garda spokesman said.

"The pedestrian suffered serious head injuries and was taken to the Midland Regional Hospital, Mullingar.

"He was subsequently transferred to Beaumont Hospital in Dublin, where he remains in a critical condition."

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