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Woman left with 'life changing injuries' after acid attack in South Dublin

A woman has been left with 'life-changing injuries" after she had acid poured over her face during a shocking assault in South County Dublin.

The attack on the 32-year-old victim occurred on Friday night - and gardai in Blackrock are following a "definite line of enquiry".

The incident occurred after the woman - a Chinese national - left her place of work shortly after 10pm on Friday night.

She was walking in an area close to Merrion Wood and Seamount Apartments in Stillorgan.

A man - believed to be wearing a hood or balaclava - ambushed the woman, before dragging her into a nearby laneway.

He then pulled the woman to the ground and poured acid over her face, before fleeing the scene.

The woman was rushed to hospital and has been receiving treatment for her injuries over the weekend.

A source close to the investigation said the victim's injuries are "life-changing" and gardai fear she may have been left blinded by the assault.

Gardai do not believe this assault was a random attack and are following a definite line of enquiry.

Gardaí are appealing to walkers, taxi drivers, delivery drivers or any persons who were in the vicinity of the following areas, Rosemount Terrace, Fosterbrook, Merrion Woods and Seamount Apartments between 9.30pm and 10.30pm last Friday who may have observed anything suspicious and may have information or relevance dash camera footage.

Gardaí are particularly interested in a lone male, heavy set wearing dark clothing who was in the area at the time. Members of the public can contact Blackrock Garda Station on 01-6665200, the Garda confidential line 1800 666 111 or any Garda Station.

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