A teenage boy has been taken to hospital after he was attacked by three masked men at a petrol station in Co Clare this evening.
The incident happened at around 5pm on the Kilrush Road in Ennis.
It is understood the 15-year-old was travelling in a car with his mother when they stopped at the garage for petrol.
While the teenager was filling the car, he was attacked by three men wearing balaclavas.
The back window of the car and the front windshield were both damaged in the incident.
The boy is understood to have been struck at least once with what is believed to have been a slash hook. It is understood his mother was unharmed.
Gardaí arrived at the scene within minutes and the teenager was removed by ambulance to University Hospital Limerick with injuries which are not believed to be life-threatening.
Gardaí from Ennis are investigating the incident and are expected to view CCTV footage in an effort to establish the circumstances of the incident.
The damaged car was also removed from the scene for a technical examination.
An appeal for information has been issued and anyone who was in the area of Ashline/Kilrush Road around the time of the incident is asked to contact Ennis Garda Station on 065-6848100.