A 22-year-old man who was stabbed in a “disgusting, unprovoked attack” is in a serious but stable condition in hospital, police have said.
Police are treating the attack, which took place in a lane in Baillieston in the east end of Glasgow at 3.15am on Saturday, as attempted murder.
The man was heading to a friend’s house after a night out and had been dropped off by a black taxi on Easterhouse Road, near Swinton, said police.
He was walking into a lane towards Springcroft Gardens when he was approached by a group of about six men.
The group started to talk with the man before he was seriously assaulted with a “bladed weapon”, according to a police statement.
The 22-year-old managed to raise the alarm after making his way to Springcroft Gardens. He was taken by ambulance to Glasgow Royal Infirmary where his condition has been described by medical staff as serious but stable.
The suspects who ran off in an unknown direction were wearing dark clothing at the time of the attack and are aged between late teens and early 20s.
Detective Sergeant Kenny McCartney, of Greater Glasgow CID, said: “This was a disgusting, unprovoked attack on a young man who was simply making his way to a friend’s house after a night out in Glasgow city centre.
“Our inquiries are at an early stage and as yet we have been unable to speak to the victim due to the severity of his injuries.
“We’re undertaking extensive inquiries into the incident, and I would like to reassure the local community that we are doing everything we can to trace the men responsible.
An appeal for information relating to this incident has been made by detectives at Shettleston Police Office.
“We know that the victim was dropped off by a black Hackney taxi. We’re continuing enquiries into tracing the taxi driver, as he may have information that could help us,” said Detective Sergeant McCartney.
“Several householders in Springcroft Gardens came to the assistance of the victim and the area in which the attack took place is residential.
“I’d like to speak to anyone who lives on Easterhouse Road near to Springcroft Gardens to get in touch with police, particularly if you saw a group of men fitting the description of the suspects.”
Anyone with information has been asked to contact Greater Glasgow CID on 0141 532 4800, call the non emergency number 101 or contact Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.