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Embassy Marine hurt in Paddy's Day knife attack

A US MARINE was stabbed and seriously injured in a post-St Patrick's Day attack in Dublin.

The officer, stationed at the US Embassy in Ballsbridge, Dublin 4 was badly hurt when he was attacked in the early hours of last Friday morning.

Detectives from Ballyfermot Garda Station are investigating the incident which saw the 25-year-old stabbed in the lower body and legs.

A 22-year-old female also suffered minor injuries which took place at The Steeples apartment complex in Chapelizod at around 3.30am last Friday.





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It is understood that the American national had been at the St Patrick's Day celebrations last Thursday when he returned to the apartment with the woman.

Male friends of the woman arrived and an argument broke out. The Marine suffered stab wounds to the back of each leg, inflicted by the men who fled the scene shortly afterwards.

He had lost a large amount of blood by the time emergency services arrived but paramedics managed to stabilise him.

Both victims were transferred to St James's Hospital where they were treated for their injuries.

Neither is believed to have suffered life-threatening injuries in the attack.

Gardai are continuing to hunt for the assailants behind the vicious attack.

They have also appealed for people who were in the vicinity of The Steeples apartment complex and noticed anything suspicious on the night in question to contact them.

Anyone with information can contact Ballyfermot Garda Station on (01) 666 7200 or the Garda Confidential Line on 1800 666 111 or any garda station.

A spokesperson for the American Embassy told the Herald they were assisting the gardai with their enquiries into what triggered the incident.

"A member of the embassy community was the victim of an assault, and we're working closely with Irish authorities to determine the circumstances," the spokesperson said.

"Of course we cannot comment on an ongoing investigation."

comurphy@herald.ie