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Irish backpackers 'critical but stable' after Melbourne hammer assault

The two Irish backpackers were staying in a boarding house in St Kilda East when they were attacked.

File photo of Lynedoch Avenue in St Kilda East, where the attack occurred in the early hours of Sunday morning.
File photo of Lynedoch Avenue in St Kilda East, where the attack occurred in the early hours of Sunday morning.
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TWO IRISH BACKPACKERS are in a critical but stable condition in a hospital in Melbourne after being attacked by a man wielding a hammer.

The Herald Sun said the attack had happened at a boarding house in St Kilda East, a suburb south-east of the city, just after 1am local time (4pm Irish time) overnight.

The two men, aged in their 30s, are being treated at Melbourne’s Alfred Hospital. Police said the two men had sustained head injuries.

A third man, aged 31, was arrested after presenting himself at the same hospital for treatment about three hours after the time of the attack.

Sky News Australia said the arrested man remained under armed guard in the hospital.

A resident of the area in which the boarding house is located said the building was home to a number of transient tenants who rented rooms on a short-term basis.

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