Northern Ireland

Lisnaskea: Girl, 13, needed 300 stitches after stabbing

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Media caption"The baby was unharmed because his auntie is a hero"

A 13-year-old girl suffered a collapsed lung after she tried to protect her 11-month-old nephew from a gang of men armed with machetes, her family has said.

Relatives said the teenager needed 300 stitches after the men forced their way into a house on Trasna Way in Lisnaskea, County Fermanagh, at about 21:15 GMT on Saturday.

The baby was unharmed.

The 13-year-old is ill and in a stable condition.

Fr Jimmy Mc Phillips, a local priest, said the attack was "horrific".

"It has horrified the community and greatly disturbed this town, a community that by and large lives very peacefully together," he said.

"All nationalities and cultures are represented within this community and comfortably live together.

Image caption A gang of men forced their way into the house

"We are praying that this indiscriminate attack is a one off."

The police have begun an attempted murder inquiry.

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