The family of a 13-year-old girl seriously injured in an attack by three men armed with machetes in Co Fermanagh at the weekend claim they know who was responsible.

The family has said the attackers are from the Republic.

The teenager's family says she was stabbed while protecting her 11-month-old nephew after a gang forced their way into a house at Trasna Way in Lisnaskea on Saturday night.

The girl's condition has been described as "ill but stable" today.

Police in Northern Ireland have described the attack as attempted murder and a terrifying ordeal.

The family of the teenage victim have described her as a hero.

A relative said the young girl suffered a number of serious stab wounds because she used her body to protect her nephew, who was unharmed.

The teenager is being treated in the South West Acute Hospital in Enniskillen where her condition is described as critical but stable.

A 41-year-old woman who was also injured in the attack was discharged from hospital after treatment for stab wounds.

Police say they are investigating several lines of inquiry and have appealed to anyone with information to contact detectives in Enniskillen.