An Invercargill man, taken to hospital today, was attacked with a tomahawk, police say.
Senior sergeant Bruce Terry, of Invercargill police, said an Ottrey St resident was confronted by an offender who had entered the victim's house between 2.50am-3am.
Acting detective senior sergeant Mark McCloy said the 21-year-old man was the sole occupant in the house at the time.
The intruder woke the man and after a confrontation attacked him with a tomahawk-type weapon, Mr McCloy said.
The victim escaped and alerted neighbours.
The man was now in Southland Hospital undergoing surgery and police investigations were continuing, he said.
Police do not believe the victim or the offender are known to each other.
Anyone with information can call Invercargill police or Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.
- © Fairfax NZ News
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