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'They said next time they'll kill us': Thugs attack Afghan family in Dublin

The men are reported to have told the family: “Go back to your own country”.

Image: Leah Farrell/RollingNews.ie

TWO MEN AND a teenage boy from Afghanistan were this week set upon by a gang in Dublin, who told them to ‘go back to their own country’.

The attack on the men, aged 18 and 20, and their 13-year-old nephew, which occurred at 8.30pm on Thursday in Ballinteer, was first reported by The Irish Times.

A garda spokesperson confirmed an investigation into the incident has been launched. Up to five men in a car pulled up in front of the Ahmadzai family, who were returning from a local park on bicycles.

The 13-year-old told RTÉ’s This Week that the men then got out of their car and started punching them in the face.

One had a black metal weapon, he said.

“They hit me with it, I feel dizzy and I don’t know what happened.”

He said the men told them to “go back to your own country”.

They told me: “I know you live in Loretto”, so many times “I know you live in Loretto”. At the end they said “that was just a warning and we’ll see you next time and we will kill you”.

The boy said witnesses tried to intervene and have handed over photo and video evidence to gardaí.

He said he is now afraid to leave his home.

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