After three female Emirati tourists, said to be sisters, were brutally attacked at a London hotel (leaving one victim in a coma with severe head injuries), London police are treating the case as an attempted murder. Initial evidence showed that theft was the reason behind the attack.
The three women were visiting London and staying at the four-star Cumberland Hotel, accompanied with three kids aged between 7-12 years, when they were attacked by an intruder with a hammer on 6 April.
They suffered serious head injuries and one of them is fighting for her life after the assault in the hotel room.
The London Metropolitan Police said in a statement, “Victim One remains in a critical but stable condition at a central London hospital. Victim Two and Victim Three both sustained serious injuries but their conditions are not life-threatening. The children were unharmed during the incident.”
Detective Superintendent Carl Mehta of Homicide and Major Crime Command (HMCC), said, “This is an exceptionally unusual and rare incident to have taken place in a busy London hotel and we are currently working around the clock to identify and secure CCTV as well as forensic evidence opportunities. At this early stage in the investigation we believe the motive for this attack to be theft. However, we retain an open mind. We also understand hotel room security was not breached and the door to the family’s room was unlocked at the time of the incident. We are working closely with the family and the hotel to explore this further.”
Meanwhile, the UAE Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MoFA) is closely following the case. Rashid Al Dhahiri, Director of Citizens Affairs at the MoFA, said that its authorities were tracking the incident in conjunction with the UAE Embassy in London to establish the cause of the attack.
MoFA issues warning to citizens about gangs who target them and their belongings, and Al Dhahiri added that travel destinations are continuously reviewed to specify sensitive areas and extent of risk to keep people updated.
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