One person has died and several others have been injured after a stabbing spree in a town north of Dublin in Ireland, local officials say. A man believed to be from Syria was taken into custody.
The incident happened just before 9 a.m. local time on Wednesday when officers were called to multiple scenes in Dundalk, a town near the border with Northern Ireland and roughly halfway between Dublin and Belfast.
“A man has been pronounced dead at the scene. A number of other people have also been injured in this incident but their injuries are unknown at present,” Ireland’s national police service Garda said in a statement. “One man has been arrested and is currently detained in Dundalk Garda Station.”.
Authorities declined to identify the suspect but sources said he is an 18-year-old man who is originally from Syria. The motive for the attacks, which were seemingly at random, was not immediately known. It is unclear if it is linked to terrorism.
The victim who was killed is believed to be a 24-year-old Japanese man while the other two victims are thought to be local citizens. Michael O’Toole, a crime correspondent for the Irish Daily Star, said a fourth victim was hit with an iron bar.
The stabbings took place at three scenes on Avenue Road, Inner Relief Road and Seatown. The location of the fourth scene was not immediately clear. Garda have scheduled a press conference for 3 p.m. to provide more information.
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