A 24-year-old Japanese man studying at Dundalk Institute of Technology was fatally stabbed in the back. The two other men injured in the attack were Irish, one suffered a blow to the head from a fence post.
Gardaí are investigating whether a series of attacks in Dundalk this morning, which left one man dead, are related to terrorism but stress they are still trying to establish a motive.One man, an 18-year-old Egyptian national, is in custody on suspicion of murder. It is understood he came to Ireland from the UK in recent days.
“A terror attack is certainly a line of inquiry we are looking at. We will endeavour to establish the suspect’s background, including who they are, where they have come from and why are they here. Those are very, very important questions we’re trying to ask and answer,” said Chief Superintendent Christy Mangan.
The dead man is a 24-year-old Japanese man who was living in Dundalk. He died almost immediately from stab wounds to the back on Avenue Road shortly after 9am. Gardaí are currently attempting to notify his family.
Two other male victims are in hospital, having been attacked elsewhere in the town. One man suffered stab wounds while the other received a blow from a fence post. Neither suffered life-threatening injuries. Crime scene investigators are currently examining at least five locations around Dundalk Town.
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Chief Superintendent Christy Mangan said he believed the victims were selected at random and a potential terror link was being investigated…He said the suspect had come into contact with gardai on January 1 when inquiries about his immigration status were conducted. ITV
The Gardaí (Irish police service) this afternoon confirmed they are investigating terror as a motive for the attack.
They said no motive had yet been established but terror was not being ruled out…
Among the lines being investigated is that the young man had recently been refused asylum in the UK – but is in unclear how he may have subsequently entered Ireland or traveled to Dundalk. Independent