Teens knifed by gang of marauding youths in vicious seaside attacks
Two teenage boys have been treated for knife wounds received in separate daylight attacks in the Rush area of Co Dublin.
One of them had his leg slashed while the other had a deep thigh wound.
Gardai believe the attacks may have been linked.
Both boys were allegedly set upon by a gang of up to 15 teenagers.
The dramatic and frightening incidents happened within hours of each other on Wednesday afternoon.
In the first incident, two boys aged 15 were walking between Old Road and Linn Ban in the small seaside town of Rush at about 3pm, when they were surrounded by the group of teenagers.
One of the boys was allegedly threatened with a Stanley blade while the other was allegedly knocked to the ground.
His leg was slashed in the process.
Both victims made their way home after the confrontation but the boy's slashed leg was later treated.
In the later incident, two boys allegedly went to the church car park in the Sandy Lane area of Rush at about 6pm, when they were confronted by a group of youths. One of the boys, in his late teens, received a stab wound to his thigh.
He was taken to Beaumont Hospital for treatment and was later discharged.
Gardai in Lusk are investigating the incidents.
Officers said no arrests had been made but inquiries are ongoing.
Gardai are trying to establish if the incidents are related because they happened close together within a short period of time.
The age groups of those involved in each of the confrontations was also similar.
Gardai hope to talk to a number of people to try to find any possible motives for the attacks.
Gardai are keeping an open mind at this stage.
It is not known if any of the weapons used in the incidents have been recovered.
Gardai are not saying whether any of the victims have yet given statements.