A 15-year-old girl is fighting for life after being stabbed in the neck last night.
The teenager was rushed to hospital after the bloody attack in Lurgan, Co Armagh.
She was due to undergo emergency surgery while police are questioning another teen.
No arrests have yet been made following the stabbing – which comes amid a knife crime epidemic across Britain.
There were already 40 fatal stabbings in the UK in the year to March 8.
A spokesperson for the NI Ambulance Service said: “We received a 999 call at 20.52 today (19 April 2019) following reports of a stabbing incident in Deans Walk area of Lurgan.
“NIAS dispatched an emergency crew to the scene and following assessment and treatment at the scene a teenage girl was taken to Craigavon Area Hospital.”
The Police Service of Northern Ireland said: “Police appeal for witnesses following incident in the Deans Walk area of Lurgan around 9pm this eve in which 15 yo girl was stabbed in the neck.
“She is in a critical condition in hospital.
“Another teenager is helping police with enquiries.
“If you saw what happened call 101.”
Local politicians responded to the horror attack last night.
Upper Bann MLA Dolores Kelly said: “I spoke to the police this evening and I understand the very young teenage girl is in surgery.
“I understand someone is being spoken to in relation to this incident and if any one has any information, I would appeal for them to come forward to assist the PSNI in their enquiries.”
Sinn Fein Cllr Liam Mackle said: “It appears that a young girl has been stabbed this evening in the Deans Walk area.
“Details are still coming out and it’s important that anyone with information helps the police in their investigation.”
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The stabbing came just a day after a Northern Irish journalist was shot dead while covering a riot in Londonderry.
Lyra McKee, 29, is thought to have been hit by a stray bullet fired at police by a masked New IRA gunman.
Heartbreaking tributes to the talented journalist flooded in yesterday – including from Theresa May, Irish Taoiseach Leo Varadkar, and former US President Bill Clinton.
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