A shopworker was stabbed in the head in a random and unprovoked attack at a Dublin shopping centre.
The man, in his early 20s, was working at the Eurospar at Hartstown shopping centre when two youths attacked him in broad daylight.
The shopworker, who comes from the area, was taking a basin of water out of the store when he was approached by the two youths.
It is understood one of them ran up behind the shopworker, pulled out a knife, then jabbed once at the man's head with the blade.
Their victim sustained a puncture wound to the back of his head and was left bleeding heavily on the pavement.
His attackers escaped on foot while their victim was rushed to hospital after the incident, which occurred at 10am on December 13 last.
The following day, gardai arrested two young men.
They were detained for 24 hours and released without charge. A file has been sent to the DPP about the matter.
Anyone with information is asked to contact Blanchardstown Garda Station on 01 6667000.
A source described the incident as "completely unprovoked". He said: "This young man was working away at his job and was attacked in broad daylight. He didn't know his attackers or the motive for the incident.
"The two lads just ran up behind him and stabbed the knife at the back of his head.
The source added: "This incident happened in the middle of the day and there were plenty of people around, which makes the whole thing even more shocking. This young man was trying to earn a few bob for Christmas and then this happened to him."
The injured man received stitches, it is understood, but is expected to make a full recovery.
It is just the latest in a long line of knife attacks over the past 12 months.
The surge in attacks has prompted the Herald to launch the Bin The Blade campaign, which has been supported by the Taoiseach, the Minister for Justice, RTE broadcaster Joe Duffy, among others.
More than 1,000 blade-related offences were committed in Ireland in the first 10 months of last year.