Racist attack near Belfast wounds three from Latvia

In what police are describing as an apparently racist attack, three young men from Latvia were hurt Nov. 9 as they were walking through a park in Lurgan, a town southwest of Belfast, Northern Ireland.

At least one of the three sustained stab wounds, the BBC, the Irish broadcaster RTE and Latvian media report. All three were hospitalized.

The three men, all in their 20s, were walking through the park at about 9 p.m. when they were attacked, according to the Police Service of Northern Ireland. They were hit and kicked, according to media reports.

While police say they do not know how many attackers were involved, information received so far suggests the Latvian citizens were attacked because they are foreigners.

Andris Straumanis is a special correspondent for and a co-founder of Latvians Online. From 2000–2012 he was editor of the website.

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