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Possible extremist link probed in fatal stabbing in Ireland

A man was stabbed to death and two others were injured in separate attacks on the streets of Ireland Wednesday, and police investigating the incidents said terrorism is one line of inquiry.

 

Police say one man has been arrested and detained at the Dundalk Police Station in the Republic of Ireland just south of the border with Northern Ireland.

 

Media reports say the man in custody is an 18-year-old Egyptian. The suspect has not been identified or charged.

 

Irish media reported that the stabbing victim is a Japanese man who was attacked on the street and stabbed in the back Wednesday morning
in Dundalk. He died at the scene. The reports say the other injuries took place in other parts of Dundalk, with one person being stabbed and another attacked with an iron post.

 

Chief Superintendent Christy Mangan said police received emergency calls from three separate locations in the Dundalk area and were able to quickly apprehend the suspect, who was carrying a large fence post when taken into custody.

 

He added that the first attack was reported at about 9 a.m. local time, and the attacks were spread out over 40 minutes.

 

He said no motive has been established and that terrorism is being seen as one possibility.

 

"We will endeavor to establish the suspect's background, who they are and where they have come from and why are they here," he said.