Dundalk Terror Attack: 18-yr-old Egyptian migrant is said to have been refused asylum in the UK – but waltzed into Ireland – TheLiberal.ie – Our News, Your Views

Dundalk Terror Attack: 18-yr-old Egyptian migrant is said to have been refused asylum in the UK – but waltzed into Ireland




What we know about the terror attack in Dundalk yesterday morning so far is that one young innocent man making his way to work, a 24-year-old from Japan, was murdered in a brutal and unprovoked stabbing attack at around 9am on the Avenue Road near the centre of the northeast town.

Two more men were chased down and hit with a garden pole in the Seatown and Coes Road area of the town. All three assaults were random, separate and committed by one man over a 45-minute period within an approximate area of a quarter of mile from each other.

The alleged murderer is an 18-year-old Egyptian national who, according to initial reports, had been refused asylum in the U.K. but easily made his way into Ireland, allegedly seeking residency here or at least inquiring about it in the local garda station on New Year’s Day. He is currently in custody this morning in Dundalk Garda Station and could be held for another 24 hours in gardai need to further their questioning of the suspect.

It’s understood that gardai had no indication that he posed any danger to the public – but some sources claim the UK refused his entry of security concerns.

Gardaí have not yet released an official motive for the random knife attack but it has all the hallmarks of an Islamic terrorist attack given the man’s nationality, the random attacks, the fact he had two knives on his person, and the fact the UK refused him entry.

Gardai claim that terrorism is one of their direct lines of inquiry but that they are not ruling anything out.

However, whatever his motive – this is a terror attack for the victims, those who witnessed the act of murder and the gardai who confronted the man.

This terror attack bears all the hallmarks of several previous I.S inspired lone wolf attacks in which assailants used knives and targeted random civilians.

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