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Friday 28 April 2017

Gardai swoop on homes in connection with vicious racially motivated attack

Family members (l-r) Fazal Ahmadzai (20), Abdul Ahmadzai (13) and Naqib Ahmadzai (18) who were attacked Photo: Arthur Carron
Family members (l-r) Fazal Ahmadzai (20), Abdul Ahmadzai (13) and Naqib Ahmadzai (18) who were attacked Photo: Arthur Carron
A number of items were seized during the raids.
Cathal McMahon

Cathal McMahon

Gardaí investigating a racially motivated attack that left three members of the same family requiring hospital treatment have carried out a series of raids.

Independent.ie has learned that gardai carried out a series of searches on properties in Nutgrove, South Dublin early today.

No arrests were made but armed officers seized a number of items including iron bars and hatchets.

Over a dozen gardaí, attached to the Dublin South division, searched a number of properties in the Nutgrove area.

Abdul Ahmadzai (13), who is originally from Afghanistan, and two of his uncles Naqib (18) and Fazal (20), were attacked in Ballinteer in south Dublin on Thursday night.

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The three were cycling home from the park when four men jumped out of a car and attacked them. Abdul was struck across the face with a metal bar, while his uncle Naqib suffered a broken cheekbone.

The attack took place along Nutgrove Way, close to Marlay Park where the three had been moments earlier.

Abdul said that his uncles, who spent two nights in hospital, have been in the country for just four months. They are now refusing to leave the family home in case they are attacked again.

The family say that none of the six children living in the house will be attending school for the rest of the term, with their parents talking about returning to Afghanistan because of threats they've received.

"They said that this was only a warning and that next time they will kill us," Abdul said.

"I can't sleep after it." He continued: "I was dreaming that those came into my house and tried to kill my family and when I woke up I couldn't sleep again."

Abdul, who is a first-year student at De La Salle Secondary School in Rathfarnham, has been living in Ireland for four years and is an Irish citizen.

A Garda spokesman confirmed: "Gardaí carried out searches on a number of homes in the Nutgrove area.

"A number of items were seized. No arrests have been made at this point."

An anti-racism vigil in solidarity with the family takes place outside the Nugrove Shopping Centre this evening.

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