Investigation launched into murder bid on two men buying a car in Edinburgh
An investigation has been launched into the attempted murder of two men who had travelled to Edinburgh to buy a car.
One line of inquiry is that the men, both in their 40s, were the victims of a scam after travelling from Aberdeen.
When they arrived at Wardieburn Street West at 18:00 on Wednesday they were set upon in a close by two young men.
Both Aberdeen men were stabbed, though police will not confirm at this stage that they were robbed.
The men, aged 43 and 45, were attacked in a stairwell by two men who are then thought to have left by the back of the block.
Both victims suffered serious injuries and the 43-year-old man is in a critical condition.
Police are appealing for witnesses.
The first attacker is white and aged 17-19. He has a Central Scotland accent and light-coloured short hair, which is shaved at the sides.
He was wearing a light-coloured sky blue hooded sweatshirt and grey jogging bottoms.
The second attacker is a white man in his mid-20s. He has a stocky build and was wearing a striped top.
Det Ch Insp Stuart Houston, of Police Scotland, said: "This was an appalling attack on two men who came to the address in good faith.
"This attack happened in daylight and we believe there may be a number of witnesses who may have seen the suspects in the area.
"Anyone with information that can help with our inquiries is urged to contact police immediately."