A TEENAGER suffered a stab wound in an incident where two friends came under attack by a gang of more than 20 youths.
The incident occurred in the Wilton area of the city on Saturday evening.
The teen who received the stab injury required surgery at Cork University Hospital while his friend was beaten around the head with a baseball bat or metal bar.
The injured friends were aged 15 and 16.
A garda spokesperson said: “The two victims were completely innocent in all of this. There was no apparent reason for this attack. These two boys just happened to walk straight into this gang. They just happened to be in the wrong place at the wrong time.”
It's understood the gang members fled before the two injured friends managed to make their way to a friend’s house nearby.
They were driven by an adult to Cork University Hospital, less than three minutes away, where they received medical treatment and gardaí were alerted.
Detectives are examining CCTV footage and gardaí have appealed to anyone who saw members of this gang in the Wilton, Sarsfield Rd, Doughcloyne, or Togher areas between 5pm and 7pm on Saturday to contact gardaí at either Togher Garda Station on 021-494 7120 or Bishopstown Garda Station on 021-462 4500, or any garda station.
Meanwhile, two men were being questioned by gardaí last night investigating an alleged assault on another man during a suspected hijacking at Rathcooney Cemetery on the northside of the city.
The victim, believed to be in his 60s, was injured when two men tried to drag him from his car.
He was removed by ambulance to Cork University Hospital for treatment.
Gardaí later arrested two men, aged 18 and 20, who were yesterday being held at Mayfield Garda Station for questioning in connection with the incident.
Separately, gardaí are searching for two youths after a man in his 60s was battered with a hammer outside his home in Meelick Park in Ballyvolane on Saturday after he interrupted at least two teenagers as they interfered with his car.