RCMP say a 52-year-old woman is in hospital with life-threatening injuries after being hit with an axe several times in a home near Halifax Wednesday night.

The assault occurred at a house on Prospect Bay Road in Prospect, just outside of Halifax, around 9 p.m. AT.

Police arrested two girls 1½ hours later on Mumford Road in Halifax. They remain in custody.

One of the suspects faces a charge of attempted murder.

The victim and the suspects knew each other, police said.

The RCMP General Investigation Section has been called in to help with the case.