A man has been left seriously injured after he was attacked in his own flat by a gang of armed men who forced their way in.
The 28-year-old was at home on Bruce Court, Airdrie when four intruders broke in at around 4.15pm on Friday.
He was left with head and leg injuries after the men assaulted him with weapons.
Emergency services attended and the injured man was taken by ambulance to Wishaw General Hospital where he was treated before being released.
The suspects, all white and in their 20s, got into a dark coloured Volkswagen Golf and drove off from Bruce Court in the direction of Forrest Street.
One of the men was wearing a grey T-shirt, another a black tracksuit with the hood up, the third man had short brown hair, a sleeve tattoo on his right arm and was wearing glasses, and the fourth, who is described as having a heavy build, was wearing a grey hooded Puma jumper with blue shorts and white trainers.
Police are now appealing for witnesses.
Detective constable Emma Macfarlane, Coatbridge CID, said: “Although the motive for this attack has still to be confirmed, we believe at this time that it was targeted.
“However, no matter why it happened, the fact is that four men, armed with weapons, were brazen enough to carry out this attack in the middle of the afternoon in an area busy with residents and members of the public.
“We are aware, from CCTV, that there were a good number of people around at the time and would appeal to them, or indeed anyone who saw the car speed off in to Forrest Street, to come forward. It would also be helpful if anyone has dash-cam footage from the street between 4pm and 4.20 pm.”