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Two women arrested for attempted murder after four women and a man stabbed in north Belfast

Police are treating the early morning attacks as attempted murder but the stabbings, near an interface area, are not being treated as sectarian.

A woman is understood to have suffered a cut artery after she, three other women and a man were injured in multiple stabbings in north Belfast.

Police are treating the early morning attacks as attempted murder but the stabbings, near an interface area, are not being treated as sectarian.

It is understood the people involved are known to each other, but none of them are believed to be from the area. One of the women is thought to be from south Derry.

Two women, aged 26 and 27, and a 20-year-old man were arrested after the women were attacked in and around the car park of an Iceland supermarket close to Cityside retail park at about 2am yesterday.

Paramedics treated two of the women at the scene, at the junction of York Street and Brougham Street.

The other two women were taken to hospital. It is understood one of the women suffered a cut artery in the attack.

A man in his twenties also suffered a minor hand injury.

Of the three people arrested, the two women were being questioned in relation to attempted murder and wounding with intent to do grievous bodily harm.

The man was arrested on suspicion of possession of an offensive weapon in a public place and attempted grievous bodily harm with intent.

All three remained in custody last night.

Forensics teams combed the area yesterday and were seen searching bins around the retail park and Yorkgate train station.

Sinn Féin councillor JJ Magee said the north Belfast community was appalled by the attacks.

"I am shocked to hear this has taken place," he said.

"The local community are also very shocked.

"It shows the dangers of carrying knives.

"Knives need to be taken off the streets. This needs to stop now.

"Hopefully everyone hurt will make a full recovery."

Police said they are still trying to establish what happened.

"I am appealing to anyone who was in this area, between 1:30am and 2am and witnessed what occurred, or has information which may help our investigation, to call our detectives at Musgrave on 101 and quote reference number 127 of 17/03/21," a spokesman said.

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