SENIOR police believe a violent home invasion where a man was bashed on Wednesday night was a "targeted attack".
Oxley detectives returned to the Quirindi area on Friday as part of their hunt to find the gang of 10 behind the violent break-in.
A 49-year-old man remains in a Newcastle hospital with a fractured eye socket after the intruders stormed the Lowes Creek Road home at Quipolly.
"Police believe this is a targeted attack, we don't believe this was random," Oxley Detective Acting Inspector Jason Darcy told the Leader.
"I know there has been some community alarm in relation to this incident, and I would say that we need public assistance to track these people who are responsible and put them before the courts.
"The detectives have been out canvassing the area, and have interviewed witnesses."
The offenders also turned on two occupants - aged 20 and 25 - inside, but neither were hospitalised.
"This was an incident of a very violent nature and it is not usual for our community, especially for the Quirindi area," Detective Darcy said.
"We do know there are people in the Quirindi area that know about it and know these individuals.
"We would appeal for those community members to contact police and work with us; we need them to come forward."
Police have been told the intruders had their faces covered and stormed the property about 10pm on Wednesday.
The gang of ten, who were packed into a ute, ransacked the house and fled.
Anyone who can help police on the identity of the men in the gang, or who saw the ute in the area, is urged to contact Oxley police on 6768 2999.