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A 14-year-old was allegedly attacked close to a shopping centre in Tallaght and subjected to a serious sexual assault.
Senior sources have revealed that the victim was grabbed by a teenage male after getting separated from her friends in the Springfield area of the south Dublin suburb.
The attack happened at around 7.30pm on Sunday in an area just five minutes walk away from the scene of the second alleged rape last week.
The Herald understands the traumatised young victim of the latest attack has claimed her attacker approached her, put his hand over her mouth and then viciously raped her. The alleged attack happened close to a major supermarket.
Gardai later spoke to the teen and her mother at their home before the victim was brought to the Rotunda Hospital where she was examined by medical specialists. Last night expert garda child interviewers were still waiting to get a full statement from the terrified child.
However senior sources say that the matter is being treated as "a very brutal sexual assault on a young girl who got separated from her friends."
"THE INVESTIGATION IS PROGRESSING IN A FAST WAY; THERE MAY WELL BE RAPID DEVELOPMENTS IN THIS ONE," THE SOURCE SAID.
"Gardai are in no doubt that this girl was attacked."
Senior sources have pointed out that the savage attack is not linked to another alleged sexual attack which happened in nearby Fettercairn last week.
"Gardai cannot comment on the details of why but are satisfied the two crimes are not linked," said a senior source.
The latest incident follows a probe last week after a 15-year-old girl was allegedly brought to a park and raped in Tallaght.
The attack took place a full week before the latest incident as the teenage girl walked home from a friend's house through a football field in Fettercairn, Tallaght, south Dublin.
She managed to make her way home afterwards. Gardai were informed of the assault in the early hours of Monday of last week and a full-scale investigation was launched.
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