A 13-year-old girl has undergone serious stab wounds after protecting her 11-month-old nephew from a gang of men with machetes at a residence.
Officers of the Police Service of Northern Ireland (PSNI) said a gang made entry to the property in Lisnaskea, in Co Fermanagh, on Saturday night to find a lady and a girl inside.
They then moved to attack the pair according to the officer – hospitalizing the teenager who underwent serious stab wounds in the attack.
She is noted to have thrown herself in the way of the criminals to defend her 11-month old nephew.
She remains in a serious but stable condition.
The woman, 41, was dressed for stab wounds to the leg but has been released from the hospital.
The police are examining the incident as an attempted homicide.
PSNI Detective Sergeant Keith Monaghan told: “This must have been a terrifying trial for those involved and we are tested to find the men guilty.
“We have various lines of inquiry which we are improving at this time but I would ask anyone with information or who saw any suspicious activity in the area to contact investigators in Enniskillen and pass that information on.”
The Alliance party’s nominee for Fermanagh, Matthew Beaumont, said it was important to get the teenager’s assailants immediately.
He said: “This crime in Lisnaskea, carried out by men bringing machetes, is to be condemned in the most powerful possible terms.
“Whoever was accountable for this horrific attack must be caught immediately and face justice.”
“I hope the two females wounded make a full and speedy cure. This must have been a terrifying event for them.”