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The area near the CHQ building where the woman was attacked

The area near the CHQ building where the woman was attacked

The area near the CHQ building where the woman was attacked

A 48-year-old woman needed life-saving surgery after she was stabbed in the neck during an attempted robbery in Dublin city centre.

The incident happened at 9.30pm on Wednesday near the CHQ building at Custom House Quay.

A lone male on a bicycle approached the woman, who was walking home from work, and demanded money from her.

He then stabbed her in the neck without warning before fleeing empty-handed.

Despite her serious injuries, which resulted in consider- able loss of blood, the woman was able to call the emergency services from her mobile phone.

Savage

Gardaí and ambulance personnel arrived quickly on the scene and the victim was stabilised before being rushed to the Mater Hospital, where she had to undergo life-saving surgery.

No arrests have yet been made, but gardaí said the area, which is home to many office buildings, is covered by "excellent quality CCTV" and they expect to make prompt progress with their investigation.

"This lady is very, very lucky to be alive," a source said. "This was a very savage crime.

"The woman didn't even put up a fight and presented no threat to him.

"It was deserted at the time because of all the restrictions."

Detectives are investigating if the attack is linked to two other robberies carried out in recent days in the Talbot Street area of the north inner city.


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