Two men have suffered serious injuries after being attacked by men brandishing weapons in the Garvaghy Road area of Portadown, Co Armagh.

Police say a 50-year-old man has been arrested on suspicion of attempted murder in connection with the incident, which happened shortly before 4.30am on Sunday.

The two victims, aged 22 and 25, were taken to hospital after sustaining head injuries in the attack.

Police say a car was found burned out in the Drumnagoon Road area, which may have been related to the incident.

SDLP councillor Declan McAlinden said it appears to have been a random attack.

“The people in this community are a proud community, and they absolutely don’t want this kind of activity in the area,” he said.

Police and forensic officers attended the scene to conduct searches of the area on Sunday morning. It is understood they recovered a hammer.

The Garvaghy Road has since reopened after what police described as “a major incident”.

“The Garvaghy Road closure is now lifted and all traffic can pass freely,” the PSNI said.

Detectives in Lurgan have appealed for information following the serious incident.

Garvaghy Road closure now lifted and all traffic can pass freely. Thank you for your patience in this matter.

Posted by PSNI Craigavon on Sunday, August 13, 2017

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