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Manhunt underway following fatal knife attack

Crime DeskBy Robin Schiller
Manhunt underway following fatal knife attack

A garda manhunt is underway after one man was killed and another left with serious injuries during a knife attack at a house in south Dublin.

Gardaí were alerted to the scene after receiving reports of a man outside an apartment on the South Circular Road with stab wounds.

It is understood that this man, who is a Swiss national in his 20s, received injuries to his body and neck.

When emergency services arrived at 3.45pm, they entered a nearby flat where they discovered the body of an Irishman, aged in his 20s. He was pronounced dead at the scene.

Last night gardaí appealed for information on a third man who was seen leaving the house at approximately 3.20pm. This man, also aged in his 20s is described as 5'6" with a thin build and wearing a dark top which may have been blood-stained.

A source last night revealed that the incident was "not a random attack" and that the individuals are all known to each other.

A knife believed to have been used in the attack was recovered and was last night being examined by specialist forensic examiners.

Blood-soaked towels and clothes were also visible on the footpath where one of the men had collapsed after being stabbed.

The body of the deceased was removed to the city morgue, where a post-mortem examination will be carried out.

The injured Swiss is currently being treated in St James's Hospital, although his wounds are not believed to be life-threatening.

Basser Clkhodaior (36), who has been living in the area for the past three years, described how he saw the injured man with knife wounds being tended to. "He wasn't talking, he was full of blood," he said. "I didn't know him to see. He wasn't saying anything, there was blood all over the floor.

"He looked very bad, there was blood on his face and on his clothes."

Another man, who was passing through the area when the incident occurred, said: "I saw what I thought was a traffic accident. There were two cars parked parallel to each other. The guy on the street looked to be in his 30s in a white shirt and with dark hair. There was a big red blotch of blood on his mouth.

"He was being tended to by passers-by, he was going to walk off but one person brought him back and got him to sit down."

Two separate crime scenes - the apartment and the footpath where the injured man was discovered - remained sealed off last night while gardai carried out door-to-door inquiries.

Gardaí have spoken to a number of people who were in the apartment block at the time of the attack.

Anyone with information is asked to contact Kevin Street Garda Station on 01-666 9400.