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Garda: File photo

Garda: File photo

Garda: File photo

A mum-of-three was dragged upstairs by her hair by thugs who demanded money and jewellery from their home in Castleblayney, Co Monaghan.

Five masked men barged their way into the house belonging to an Asian family at Blaeberry Walk at around 5pm on Tuesday.

The parents and their three young children aged between six and 15 were threatened and assaulted by the men.

The gang, described as being in their late teens to early 20s with local accents, then beat the father and pulled rings from his wife's fingers.

The mother was then dragged upstairs by her hair where she handed over a small amount of jewellery.

The men then ransacked the house before locking the mother, father and one of the children in an upstairs room.

The other two younger children were then locked downstairs before the gang fled with a small amount of jewellery. The alarm was raised when one of them phoned gardai.

Last night the family were described as being "deeply traumatised" by their ordeal as detectives focused on the activities of a number of local gangs operating in the border area.

This was the second aggravated burglary at the home of an Asian family in the town since November - and the third this year.

Targeting

Gardai believe that a gang has begun targeting the owners of oriental restaurants believing that they keep large amounts of cash and jewellery in their homes.

However, the family who were targeted on Tuesday night are not involved in the restaurant business.

It is the latest in a series of attacks on Asian families in their own homes.

Yesterday, the Herald spoke to the Dublin-based father of three who was terrorised with his family by a two-man gang in Citywest.

The shocking incident unfolded at a house in the Belfry Drive estate shortly before 3pm on Saturday, when two men burst into the house after ringing the doorbell.

The men pushed mother Aysha Sheik (32) back in the hallway and covered her mouth with their hands when she attempted to scream.

They then forced her into the kitchen and put a screwdriver to her neck and demanded that she lie on the ground.

Her husband Madhar Babhurdeeshsa Sheik (36) described how the horrifying ordeal unfolded in his home.

"One man grabbed a knife from my kitchen and held it to my neck," he said. "They ordered my children to lie down on the floor and starting screaming 'where's the money?'"

The men escaped with jewellery worth €5,000 and a four figure sum of cash.

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