Soldier Injured after Acid/Knife Attack in London
The Metropolitan Police have launched a manhunt to track down a man after a soldier had acid hurled in his face and was slashed with a knife while out jogging in London.
The squaddie who is based at Cavalry Barracks, Hounslow, was targeted in a suspected robbery on Tuesday night
He is in his early 30s and was left with a bleeding torso and had to stripped down while firefighters hosed him down.
He was left hospitalised following the brutal assault and their are concerns his vision will be affected.
One witness said it reminded them of the Lee Rigby attack:
“He was just out for a run. He wasn’t in Army gear or clothes that suggested he was Forces
Not far from his base, three men jumped him and he had something sprayed in his face and his arm and stomach were cut. Cops are certain it’s not terror and everyone on the base is being told it’s not terror but it’s hard not to think of Lee Rigby when something like this happens.
Officers say it was a robbery gone wrong. There have been similar incidents in the area.”
A Metropolitan Police spokesperson said:
“Police were called to Hounslow Heath, Hounslow at 4.35pm on Tuesday October 29 following reports of a noxious substance attack.Officers, the London Ambulance Service and London Fire Brigade attended and found a man aged in his 30s, suffering from facial injuries and slash wounds to the upper body.’
He was treated by LAS before being taken to hospital; his condition is not believed to be life-threatening.
No arrests have been made at this stage. Enquiries into the full circumstances continue but at this early stage the incident is being treated as a robbery.”