5 Injured in Dublin Mass Stabbing

3 children among the victims of attack outside school
By Rob Quinn,  Newser Staff
Posted Nov 23, 2023 12:20 PM CST
5 Injured in Dublin Mass Stabbing
The scene in Dublin city centre after five people were injured on Parnell Square East shortly after 1.30pm, Thursday Nov. 23, 2023.   (Brian Lawless/PA via AP)

At least five people, including three children, were injured in a stabbing attack in central Dublin on Thursday, authorities in the Irish capital say. Police say a 5-year-old girl was seriously injured, as was a woman in her 30s and a man in his 50s, the Irish Times reports. A 5-year-old boy and a 6-year-old girl are being treated for less serious injuries. Irish Prime Minister Leo Varadkar said he was "shocked" by the attack outside a school on one of the city's busiest streets, reports the BBC. He said a suspect is in custody.

No motive has been disclosed but police say they don't believe the attack is terror-related. Witnesses say they saw a man try to attack a group of young people with a knife before passers-by intervened and disarmed him. Siobhan Kearney tells RTE the scene was "absolutely bedlam." "I spotted a guy with a stabbing motion across the road and people screaming, so I look across the road and there was fellas there and they pulled the guy off the children," she says. Kearney says people started attacking the suspect while he was on the ground so she "formed a ring around him" with an American woman and said people should wait for the police, who arrived within minutes. (More Dublin stories.)

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