The injured victim sought help from a nearby business. ((CBC))

A Calgary man was attacked by two young men who asked him for drugs and cigarettes, said police, who have made arrests in relation to the incident.

The 24-year-old victim was walking in the area of 42nd Street and 17th Avenue S.E. at 9:15 p.m. on Monday when he was approached by two young men, said police.

"When the victim said he was not a drug dealer and didn't have any drugs, one of the men took out a knife and slashed him across his neck," police said in a release.

"A struggle ensued between all three men, as the victim continued to be physically assaulted by the two suspects. The injured victim escaped his attackers and went into a nearby business for help. Those inside the business rendered first aid and called for help."

He was sent to hospital with non-life threatening injuries.

Police have charged an 18-year-old of no fixed address with aggravated assault, assault with a weapon, possession of a weapon or imitation for a dangerous purpose, and four counts of failure to comply with a probation order.

Also arrested was a 17-year-old who has been charged with assault.