An RAF serviceman was out for his morning jog near his base when he was grabbed by a “middle-eastern looking man” who attempted to drag him towards a nearby car.
Det Supt Paul Durham said the serviceman was jogging along a fairly isolated route used regularly by station personnel when he was grabbed by a man from a parked, dark coloured people carrier.
He was wearing headphones and listening to music at the time so did not hear what the first attacker said to him, police said.
He managed to wrestle him to the ground before a second man, armed with the knife, tried to attack him.
The men then fled in the car.
The knife was described as a “military type” with a three inch handle and blade measuring about 2.5 – 3 inches long.
The police are treating the attack as an attempted abduction. They are also not ruling out terrorism. It cannot help but call to mind the murder of Lee Rigby, the UK soldier who was attacked on a London street in broad daylight.
(Norfolk Police Detective Superintendent Paul Durham) said: “I can confirm we are treating this as an attempted abduction and detailed inquiries are being carried out at the scene to establish the full circumstances.
“The motivation for the attack remains unclear at this time, and whilst we are currently unable to discount terrorism, there are a number of other possible hypotheses. We are therefore carrying out a thorough investigation to understand what has happened, why and who is responsible.”
When asked at a press conference if he thought it was a pre-planned attack, Mr Durham replied: “I would be speculating at the moment but it is difficult to envisage a situation where perhaps there wasn’t an element of pre-planning, but it’s too early to say for sure.”
He added: “It was a regular running route for the victim, it’s a regular running route for a number of personnel within RAF Marham, it’s a well-trodden path.”
Thankfully, the serviceman was not hurt, but the suspects remain at large.