A Egyptian shouted ‘Allahu Akbar’ as he went on a stabbing spree in Dundalk yesterday, killing one man and leaving two injured.
Gardaí said they are looking into terrorism as a ‘line of inquiry’.
Technical experts are examining two mobile phones seized from the teenager to determine if he has any connection to international terrorism. One source said that, after his arrest, he was shouting that he had brought ‘dishonour to his family because of something that happened elsewhere’.
The terrifying incident unfolded at 9am yesterday, at Avenue Road in the Co. Louth town.
An innocent Japanese man who was ‘going about his daily business’ was stabbed to death. The 24-year-old – named by sources last night as Yosuke Sasaki – was approached from behind by his attacker and stabbed several times in the back.
After returning briefly to a derelict house, where it is believed he was sleeping rough for a few weeks, the Egytian suspect ventured outside again to continue his crime spree on foot.
He came across a young Irishman on Coes Road – named locally as Cian Murphy – and again stabbed him from behind.
He then fled, at this point ‘covered in blood’.
A couple of streets away, on Seatown Place, he attacked another Irishman with a wooden pole, hitting him on the head and body.
The three victims were all making their way to work when attacked.