A horrified mum looked on helpless as her children were targeted in an attempted abduction while on holiday in Turkey.
Elaine and Phil Brady from Dublin were on holiday in the Mediterranean country with their two children, aged 11 and 10, when in the early hours of May 16, they experienced "pure and utter panic", Dublin Live reports.
The couple were having lovely time chatting to two English couples they had met on their holiday.
However, things suddenly took a turn when "two men came literally out of nowhere".
Elaine told RTE's Liveline: "The two men attacked Phil. It was absolutely horrendous, the children were screaming.
"In the midst of this I ran to grab my children. Another man came out of nowhere and was trying to pick up one of the other children that was there. He threw a towel over her head and ran.
"Phil was screaming at the top of his voice to get the kids back to the hotel. It was pure and utter panic."
Two men followed the family into the lift and were "beating the crap" out of Elaine and Phil while trying to drag them out.
She continued: "One of my children, I don't know how, she kicked one the men and ran out of the lift and grabbed her brother. The two of them ran to the toilet which was beside the lift. My son had my phone and they dialled 911."
Eventually the police came in, but Phil was told to get out of the lift "face down and hands and arms spread".
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Phil said: "The police never spoke to me. Something was pressed into the back of my head.
"These two men [who had attacked Phil] stood there with six police officers, discussing what had happened, looked over CCTV footage and then left with no arrests made. I don't know who these men were but they knew the police."
Elaine said that at the time she did not know why the men targeted them, but now she believes it was to "create a distraction so they could try to abduct one of the children".
"It was the most harrowing experience we have ever had", she said.
Dean Cremin, one of the parents that Elaine and Phil were socialising with, is the father of the two-year-old girl who was allegedly almost abducted.
He said that while the two men initially attacked Phil, he heard screams from behind and saw a third man "go over to my two-year-old daughter who was sat on a chair and put a towel over her and pick her up".
Dean said that two German girls at the scene managed to grab his daughter Evie, and hid with her and his son, in a bush.
"They told me that they saw it all happen and that someone had tried to take my daughter so they took it on their own and got my children and hid them in a bush", he said.
Dean took his children and went to go back up to the room, as he thought it would be the safest place, but saw Elaine, Phil and their two children struggling with two of the men in the lift.
He added: "I went over and tried to get them out. The Turkish man got aggressive, hit me with his right hand. I backed off and ran back outside with my family to the lobby and we stood there with the German girls who told us everything that was happening."
After some time passed, Dean and his family tried again to go the room and ran towards the lift, which was now empty.
He said: "As the doors were about to close, the Turkish men saw us and ran over again and tried to pull me out of the lift while I was holding my two-year-old.
"They tried to get her again. I was holding my own and staying in that lift. They managed to get off us and then as the doors closed, he again put his hands in and grabbed my daughter's legs and tried to snatch her out of my arms as the doors were closing.
"We got him out, the doors closed and we went up to the room."
Phil said the incident was "like something out of Taken. It was like a made-up fantasy book or movie. It was reality."
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