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Manhunt for men in horror rape attack as woman walked home from Dublin shop

The scene of the rape attack on the Ninth Lough Road, Clondalkin
The scene of the rape attack on the Ninth Lough Road, Clondalkin

A young woman who was attacked by three men and raped by at least one was threatened at knifepoint.

A manhunt has been launched for three men believed to be involved in the rape.

The victim - who is aged in her 30s - was attacked on the Ninth Lock Road in Clondalkin near the junction with the Neilstown Road at approximately 3.20am yesterday morning.

Though the woman was threatened at knifepoint during her ordeal, there is no indication that the weapon was used on her.

The woman had purchased items at a garage nearby and was pushing her bicycle along the footpath when she was grabbed by three men.

She was then raped by at least one of the individuals, before the group fled the scene.

The victim alerted gardai and officers from Ronanstown garda station - which is just 400m from where the attack took place - rushed to the scene.

The woman was taken to the Sexual Assault Treatment Unit in the Rotunda Hospital.

Specialist gardai from the Clondalkin district are now waiting to interview her.

Members of the garda Technical Bureau carried out a forensic examination of the scene shortly before 9am yesterday.

Officers removed plastic sheeting which had covered the victim's bike, and it was placed in a garda van for further technical examination.

Gardai are appealing for anyone with information in relation to the incident, or anyone who was in the area at the time of the attack, to contact them at Ronanstown garda station.

Investigating detectives are also appealing for any motorists who may have passed the area in the time before or after the attack to come forward.

In particular, they are asking the drivers of any vehicles equipped with dash-cameras to contact them to further assist their inquiries.

No one has yet been arrested in relation to the incident.

Noeleen Blackwell, chief executive of the Dublin Rape Crisis Centre said that the attack was "the kind of classic nightmare, it is not the norm for a sexual assault".

"For the most part, the offenders and people who commit sexual assault and rapes are known to the victim," she told the Irish Independent.

"But this kind of case is awful because it is so violent," Ms Blackwell added.

She urged people who have been affected by rape to get in touch with the Rape Crisis Centre, which provides support services for the survivors of rape and sexual assault.

Yesterday's attack is the third violent rape and sexual assault to occur in the Clondalkin area in the last number of months.

Local Sinn Féin TD Eoin O'Broin said there is a lot of shock as well as anger in the community over the attack.

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