Gardai on the hunt for attacker who slashed victim's face in Tallaght
A man is in hospital after he was slashed in the face in a knife attack in broad daylight.
The victim, a man in his early 20s, was set upon by an attacker in Tallaght, Dublin, yesterday afternoon.
The incident took place shortly before 1pm around the Abberley Square area, which is situated along the Belgard Road.
The knife attacker cut the victim from above his ear and down across his cheek.
An eyewitness told the Irish Independent that the object used during the attack was "small and sharp" as the victim's face began gushing blood immediately.
He said that blood was left along the pathway outside an area where dozens of people were taking their lunch break.
"There was a pool of blood and the cut opened up a lot in the middle and then widened," the witness said.
"It looked like there was something small and sharp used," he added.
The man was rushed to Tallaght Hospital, but his injuries are not believed to be life threatening.
He was then transferred to St James's Hospital, where he is understood to be still receiving treatment for the wound.
Gardaí are hunting for the attacker and are examining CCTV footage.
The attacker fled the scene minutes after the attack and was picked up by an accomplice in a black car, according to witnesses.