The man who had one of his hands sliced off with a machete outside a club "thought it was his mates having a joke".
On Tuesday (August 9), two balaclava-clad males attacked the man in the smoking shelter outside Deighton Working Men's Club in Huddersfield, West Yorkshire, at around 5.30pm.
Witnesses ran to his aid when they heard a "squeal" and saw the hand lying on the ground.
The man was rushed to hospital with a "serious arm injury" and medics' later attempted to reattach the hand, reports YorkshireLive.
Today (August 11), West Yorkshire Police announced that a 17-year-old male has been arrested on suspicion of attempted murder in connection with the attack.
Billy Comer, from Deighton WMC, has since spoken about the horrific incident and explained that the victim thought it was a "prank".
It comes a few months after another serious knife attack opposite the club.
Billy said: "I just don't know where we can go from here. Some people are saying the police should close the club down but we are trying to do our best under difficult circumstances.
"The victim was sitting in the smoking shelter and he thought it was a joke, a prank, when these guys turned up. He thought it was his mates having a joke!
"We are looking now at installing a security gate at the back of the club so people can't creep in here as they did on Tuesday night.
"I understand the man concerned has had his hand reattached and I hope he is OK. It was the same two girls who helped him when the last person ran in here back in February and obviously they are traumatised by what has happened."
Police have urged people in the community to come forward if they have any information about the incident.
Det Insp Dennise Bell, of Kirklees CID, said: "This has clearly been a very serious incident in which the victim has received a severe injury.
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"We do believe the attack was targeted and are continuing a number of active enquiries today.
"I would again appeal to anyone who saw what occurred or has information to contact us at Kirklees CID on 101 or online at www.westyorkshire.police.uk/101livechat referencing police log 1327 of August 9.
"Information can also be given anonymously to the independent Crimestoppers charity on 0800 555 111."
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