Women told not go out alone after masked knifeman attacks five in 80 minutes

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Police have issued a warning for women not to go out alone after a knife -wielding masked man attacked five women in the space of 80 minutes.

The attacker, who has still not been found, carried out a violent rampage in Belfast on Monday.

During the terrifying attack, three women who are aged between 19 and 22 were stabbed in the neck, arm and back of the legs.

The knife-attacker punched two other women in the head, while cycling through the city between 8:10pm and 9:30pm.

Police Service of Northern Ireland said the victims received medical treatment, however did not suffer life-threatening injuries.

PSNI Chief Superintendent Simon Walls said: "If you are going out, try to be with a friend or in groups. Just be vigilant, know where you are, reports The Sun.

"Police are taking this investigation incredibly seriously. We accept the fear that this type of attack causes. We wish to say that incidents like this in Belfast and across Northern Ireland are indeed rare."

Officers are now searching through CCTV footage to identify the attacker, and have released an image of the man on a bike.

Cops say he may have been wearing a black face mask and riding a mountain bike.

South Belfast MP Claire Hanna said: "It's terrifying. There's so many people in those areas for work and going out.

"People are really anxious. Just even in my office team there are those living in and around those areas.

"It wasn't even the wee small hours. It was during the evening at a time when people wouldn't think twice about being out and about."

Witnesses are being urged to come forward, and anyone with dashcam footage is being asked to check.

A spokesperson said: "These were frightening random attacks for these young women but thankfully incidents like this are extremely rare.

"The man is described as wearing dark clothing, possibly wearing a hooded top, cycling a mountain bike which may have a light coloured frame and reflectors on the spokes. We believe the man may have been wearing a black mask."

Anyone with information can call police on 101 or ring Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.

  • Crime
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