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GARDAI are investigating if there is a link between the stabbing of two teenagers in incidents close together in a Dublin suburb on Friday night.

The attacks have left one 17-year-old boy with serious injuries after he was stabbed a number of times and another boy of the same age with a stab wound to the leg.

Gardai initially responded to reports of a man being stabbed on the Castle Road in Ronanstown at 9.45pm yesterday.

A few minutes later another 17-year-old they were responded to reports that another teen had been stabbed nearby.

One of the victims had walked into a shop to seek help while the other stopped a passerby for help on a nearby road. Both were alone when they sought help.

One of the teenagers had been stabbed multiple times and was rushed to Tallaght Hospital. His condition was described as serious but not life threatening.

The other teen was treated at James Connolly Hospital in Blanchardstown but his injuries were less serious than the teenager’s injuries.

There is no known connection between the two teens but in both cases they reported being attacked by a group of youths who got out of a car and attacked them.

It is believed both attacks were targeted rather than random but gardai are trying to establish a motive for the incidents.

“In both cases they said a car pulled up with a number of youth and they ended up being stabbed so it could be the same offenders,” said a source.

It is understood neither youth has been able to identify who stabbed them or for what reason but gardai are following a number of lines of inquiry.

While gardai have yet to formally establish a link between the two attacks they suspect it is likely due to the proximity of the incident, that they happened at the same time and due to the fact they said they were attacked by youth who arrived in a vehicle.

Gardai have appeal anyone with any information to contact Ronanstown Garda Station on 01 666 7700 or the Garda Confidential Line on 1800 666 111.

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