A man has been left badly beaten after being confronted by a masked gang at his home in Carryduff.
The 32-year-old answered a knock to the door of his home in Alveston Park, Carryduff, shortly after 2am on Wednesday and was confronted by a male with a scarf obscuring his face.
The attacker punched the victim a number of times in the face. A second masked male then struck him on the side of the head with a piece of wood, knocking him to the ground where he was punched and kicked a number of times.
The assailants then made off in the direction of Killynure Road where they were joined by a third male who had been waiting across the street throughout the assault.
The first male is described as around 6ft tall, wearing a blue top with the hood pulled up, dark bottoms and a dark scarf which covered his face.
The second is described as around 6ft tall, of medium build, wearing a dark hooded top and dark bottoms, with a scarf covering his face.
The third male is described as being of large build and was again dressed in dark clothing with a scarf obscuring his face.
A PSNI spokesman said: "Detectives are keen to hear from witnesses or anyone with information on the attack."
They can be contacted at Castlereagh CID by calling 0845 600 8000 or Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.