Lisnaskea: Girl, 13, stabbed ‘protecting 11-month-old nephew’

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A 13-year-old girl has been critically injured after she tried to protect her 11-month-old nephew from a gang of men armed with machetes, her family has said.

The teenager suffered serious stab wounds after the men forced their way into a house on Trasna Way in Lisnaskea, County Fermanagh, at about 21:15 GMT on Saturday.

The baby was unharmed.

Elizabeth Joyce, who is a relative of the girl, hailed her as a hero.

“It is something that we will never get over,” Ms Joyce, who was also injured, told BBC News NI.

The 13-year-old is in a critical but stable condition.

“The baby was unharmed because his auntie is a hero. She’s 13 years old and she threw her whole self over that baby, and she saved his life. She is a hero.”

Police are treating the incident as attempted murder.

The house at Trasna Way in which the attack happened
Image captionA gang of men forced their way into the house

Police Service of Northern Ireland (PSNI) Det Sgt Keith Monaghan said the incident was a terrifying ordeal for those involved.

“We are determined to find the men responsible,” he added.

He said detectives were investigating several lines of inquiry.

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