An armed assault on a 26-year-old Chinese street vendor in Thessaloniki on Thursday night which left the victim seriously injured was attributed to a personal dispute by police who said they believed the assailants were probably compatriots of the Chinese national.

The 26-year-old was shot in the back four times, according to police who believe up to three assailants to be involved in the assault.

The 26-year-old was being treated in the northern port's Papanikolaou hospital.