Man seriously injured after being stabbed at a fast food restaurant in the town of Longford

A man was seriously injured after being stabbed at a fast food restaurant in the town of Longford.

he male victim, aged in his 20s, was attacked inside the gates of Luigis on the main street at around 3pm.

The man, who is from the Longford town area, suffered a number of upper body and facial injuries in the incident.

Two ambulances, gardaí and members of the Armed Support Unit (ASU) arrived at the scene within minutes.

A number of eyewitnesses and bystanders gathered outside as paramedics tended to the injured man inside for several minutes.

Restaurant owner Peter Vocella could be seen wiping blood from his arms after he rushed to the aid of the man inside.

Giving his reaction outside, he said the incident underscored the growing level of unease that was very evident in a city that has succumbed to an ever-increasing rise in feud-related incidents in recent weeks.

“I’ve never seen it as bad as this,” he said.

“I can’t help it, I’ve always done my best (as a businessman).”

A number of the victim’s family members attended the scene soon after, some of whom lost their visibility in the process.

An eyewitness recounted how two men could be seen struggling seconds before the victim attempted to flee behind the restaurant counter to escape his alleged attacker.

“I was at the counter ordering a meal for my friend and all of a sudden these two boys came in,” he said.

“There was a man with the boy who was stabbed and then these two boys came in and said ‘get him out of your pocket’.

“He didn’t say it was a knife and the next thing the man went for him. He went outside to get him, then the man (victim) ran under the counter to get away from him and he followed him inside.

Another member of the public who stood outside the restaurant said he was getting to the stage where people no longer felt safe on the streets of the capital.

“It got rotten with all these feuds going on,” he said. “I mean it was 3 p.m. and for this to happen is a pure disgrace.”

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