Man lucky to be alive after getting stabbed more than 20 times
An investigation is under way after a man was stabbed more than 20 times in a busy Greater Manchester street.
The 23-year-old victim was set upon by three balaclava-clad people who jumped out of a car at the junction of Citrus Way and Mango Place in Pendleton, Salford, before launching their attack.
Greater Manchester Police (GMP) said the attackers then got back into the car, where a fourth person who was waiting drove them away.
The victim, who police say is "lucky to be alive", was taken to hospital where he underwent surgery. He is now in a stable condition.
The attack happened at around 11.15pm on Thursday.
Detectives said they were treating the attack as an attempted murder and are urging people with information to get in touch.
Detective Inspector Ben Hart of GMP's Salford borough said: "The victim is lucky to be alive and, despite being stabbed more than 20 times, is currently in a stable condition. This was a sustained and vicious attack on a busy residential street which very nearly claimed the life of the victim.
"Indications suggest this may well have been a targeted attack but we are still in the early stages of the investigation and remain open-minded as to their motives and intentions.
"It is vital that we catch those responsible for this attack, who have shown a complete disregard for the life of the victim and the impact of this attack on him and those close to him."
Mr Hart asked for residents to come forward with information.
"People living in the area will naturally be alarmed by this and we need their support to help us put an end to any further violence. If you saw the attack, or the car involved, or you know who did this, please speak to us.
"We have a team of highly experienced detectives working on this incident, who will be able to deal sensitively with anyone who wants to pass on information. Please contact us if you have information that could help us catch the people responsible."
Anyone with information about the incident is asked to contact police on 0161 856 5360 or 101 quoting incident number 2777 23/06/16.
Alternatively Crimestoppers can be contacted anonymously on 0800 555111.