Man suffers horrific facial injuries after hammer attack over gang feud
A Dublin man was left with horrific facial injuries after a brutal hammer attack in the capital.
The man (20) was hospitalised after a shocking incident in a housing estate in north Dublin which unfolded shortly before midnight on Thursday.
Two attackers chased the man into a house at Edenmore Crescent, in Raheny, Dublin 5, before inflicting serious injuries on him.
He was rushed to Beaumont Hospital for treatment.
No arrests have been made but gardai are following a definite line of enquiry.
The violent assault is thought to be linked to a low-level feud between rival gangs in the area.
One group is from Ayrfield while the other is from Edenmore and a number of youths who are believed to be involved in the feud are being monitored by gardai.
In what has been labelled a "simmering conflict", a number of violent incidents have played out in the locality recently.
Around 60 young men, mostly aged between 18 and 35, are involved in the dispute.
Weapons, including swords and knives, have been hidden at "discreet locations" in the Edenmore estate as a result of the ongoing tensions.
While no shooting incidents have been linked to the tensions, sources have reported a number of serious assaults and stabbings.
The feud appears very localised and is linked to low-level drug dealing in the area.