Dublin: 5 injured in a knife stabbing; clashes with Garda

Dublin: 5 injured in a knife stabbing; clashes with Garda

Following a knife-stabbing assault in Dublin that injured five people, including three children, vehicles have been set on fire and shops have been robbed.

The incident occurred about 13:40 local time, critically injuring a woman in her 30s and a five-year-old kid.

It took place outside the kids' school on Parnell Square East in the city core.

According to authorities, a man in his 40s who also suffered critical injuries is someone of interest.

They clarified that they were pursuing a specific line of investigation and were not currently seeking any other individuals.

Following the attack, demonstrators gathered in the neighborhood, which sparked altercations with police who brandished batons and riot shields.

Buses, a tram, and a number of cars were set on fire.

While other establishments' windows were broken, a shop on O'Connell Street was plundered.

Due to the disturbances, Trinity College, which is located nearby in the city centre, has closed all of its campus's gates and is under lockdown.

Taoiseach Leo Varadkar, announced the deployment of additional police resources.

Police Commissioner Drew Harris attributed the violence to a group of "lunatic, hooligan faction" members who carried out violent acts as law enforcement was attempting to preserve the crime scene.

"We ask people to act responsibly, not to listen to misinformation and rumour that is circulating on social media," he stated to reporters.

"We know what happened, but the motive for this is entirely unclear."

'Standalone attack'

The girl is receiving emergency care in a hospital, according to Supt Liam Geraghty, who made this announcement earlier at a press conference. A five-year-old boy and another girl were less gravely injured.

Despite the early stages of the investigation, he continued, gardaí are certain that there is "no terror-related activity" and that it seems to be a "standalone attack".

The incident "shocked" Mr. Varadkar, who said that "the facts in this matter are still emerging".

Michael D. Higgins, the president of Ireland, expressed his sympathy to the kids and families impacted by the event.

He continued: "This appalling incident is a matter for the Gardaí and that it would be used or abused by groups with an agenda that attacks the principle of social inclusion is reprehensible and deserves condemnation by all those who believe in the rule of law and democracy."

According to the police, the incident took place outside Gaelscoil Choláiste Mhuire, the children's school.

"Our hearts are with the entire school community of Gaelscoil Choláiste Mhuire following the horrifying incident that has taken place today," the Irish National Teachers' Organisation (INTO) stated.

"We are thinking of the children, their families and the school's staff during this unimaginably difficult time."