Detectives are appealing for information following a report of a serious assault in the Antrim Street area of Belfast last night, Sunday 24 January.
Shortly after 9pm, NIAS received the report of an injured man found in the Antrim Street area.
Detective Inspector Tom Phillips said: “Colleagues from Northern Ireland Ambulance Service located the man, who had sustained serious injuries to his face and head, and transported him to hospital.
“There were a number of people present at the scene.
“This was a particularly vicious attack, which has left the victim – a man aged in his early 20s – in a critical condition in hospital.
“Enquiries are underway and we are working to establish a motive.
“We are appealing to witnesses to come forward and would ask anyone with information to contact us on 101 quoting reference 1789 of 24/01/21.”
A report can also be made using the online reporting form via www.psni.police.uk/makeareport
Alternatively, information can be provided to Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111 or online at www.crimestoppers-uk.org