A five-year-old girl and a woman suffered serious injuries while at the center today Dublin stabbed by a middle-aged man. This was reported by the Irish police, who do not yet know the attacker’s motive and whose commander did not rule out terrorism. The suspect also suffered injuries, apparently self-inflicted, and is in hospital. Two other children are slightly injured. Close to the crime scene, according to AFP and Reuters news agencies, clashes broke out this evening between security forces and far-right protesters.
Hundreds of people carrying Irish Lives Matter banners and Irish flags joined the clashes in the predominantly immigrant neighbourhood. In doing so, the protesters set a police car on fire and threw various objects at the officers; the crowd was also hostile to the “mainstream” media, an AFP reporter recounted. According to Reuters, a double-decker bus also caught fire, taking the windows of the Holliday Inn and McDonalds restaurant.
Commissioner Drew Harris, who heads Ireland’s police force, attributed the clashes to “a faction of crazed hooligans controlled by far-right ideology”. “The facts are not yet clear,” he stressed regarding the investigation, condemning “rumors and rumors spread with malicious intent.” At the same time, he pointed out that he does not rule out any possible motive, not even terrorism.
“The Irish are being attacked by this scum,” declared one protester involved in the clashes. According to AFP, other people in the crowd were referring to the murder of a young teacher by a Slovak citizen who was recently sentenced to life in prison.
According to the DPA agency, the detainee attacked the children today when they lined up in front of the school. The injured woman is allegedly a school employee who tried to protect the students. The people around managed to overpower the attacker and detain him until the police arrived.