GARDAI are appealing to taxi drivers to help them track down a woman responsible for a "rabid" attack on an innocent female, as the victim underwent surgery to replace part of her nose bitten off.
Victim Aoife Flood (23), from Blanchardstown, Dublin, told how she was attacked outside a pub near Tara Street train station in Dublin in the early hours of Sunday morning.
Ms Flood said her attacker grabbed her by the neck before getting her in a headlock.
"She bit on to my nostril and shook her head from side-to-side and ripped the right side of my nose off," she said, adding she didn't realise part of her nostril had been bitten off until blood began to "squirt" from her face.
The woman also assaulted three other women before fleeing the scene near O'Reilly's pub with a friend.
Aoife yesterday underwent cosmetic surgery to repair her face.
Gardai said last night they were making some progress with their inquiries but were anxious to find others who had witnessed the savage attack.
Ms Flood appeared to have been randomly selected and was then followed outside the premises by her attacker.
Supt Joe Gannon, who is heading the investigation, said last night: "This was a rabid attack on a beautiful young woman, who was completely innocent and ended up with a serious injury.
"It is imperative that we find the perpetrator and bring her to justice," he added.
Gardai at Pearse Street appealed to any taxi driver who may have picked up the woman suspected of carrying out the attack and her friend around 2.45am in the Georges Quay and Burgh Quay area of the city.
Both Ms Flood and a number of witnesses provided statements and descriptions of the two suspects to gardai.
The attacker has been described as 5ft 3ins tall, of slim build, with long black hair, wearing a white t-shirt and black jeans.
Her friend was described as slightly taller and heavier in build with hair tied up in a bun. She was wearing a black cardigan and purple top.
"She was with another girl but when she attacked me she was on her own.
"She was obviously out of her face on something, as she was around five foot two but had the strength of a fella," she told RTE's 'Liveline' radio show.
"They are taking a skin graft from my forehead so I'm going to be left with a long scar on my forehead and scar on my nose."
Blanchardstown councillor David McGuinness last night said that Ms Flood was "a really lovely girl" and said that the community were shocked about what had happened.
Anyone with information is asked to contact Pearse Street garda station at 01 6669000 or the garda confidential line on 1800 666111.