Gardaí are investigating whether a series of attacks in Dundalk this morning, which left one man dead, are related to terrorism but stress they are still trying to establish a motive.
One man, an 18-year-old Egyptian national, is in custody on suspicion of murder. It is understood he came to Ireland from the UK in recent days.
“A terror attack is certainly a line of inquiry we are looking at. We will endeavour to establish the suspect's background, including who they are, where they have come from and why are they here. Those are very, very important questions we're trying to ask and answer,” said Chief Superintendent Christy Mangan.
The dead man is a 24-year-old Japanese man who was living in Dundalk. He died almost immediately from stab wounds to the back on Avenue Road shortly after 9am. Gardaí are currently attempting to notify his family.