Police boost security after attempted abduction near British air base

British police increased security Thursday after an apparent attempt to abduct a soldier near an air base in the eastern county of Norfolk.

The soldier was jogging outside the Royal Air Force Marham base when two men in their 20s of "Middle Eastern origin in appearance" approached him and tried to push him into a car, Norfolk police said.

The soldier, who was not in uniform, fought off one of the men, bundling him to the ground, before the second suspect approached carrying a knife.

The soldier then ran off, military officials said, adding that they are investigating the incident "as an attempted abduction."

"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," Detective Superintendent Paul Durham said in a statement.

"Visible patrols continue in the area, and officers will be carrying out house-to-house enquiries and detailed searches of the scene," Durham said.

The victim was not injured, the police said.

British military personnel were warned to stay vigilant after a uniformed infantryman was murdered in 2013 in London by two men who claimed that they were inspired by Islamic extremist ideology.

Another man was jailed last month for plotting a similar attack.

Last update: Thu, 21/07/2016 - 20:52
Author: 

More from Europe

Hundreds protest in Berlin in solidarity with US Women's March

Hundreds are staging a demonstration for women's rights in front of the US embassy in Berlin, on the same day that a...

Five dead, 23 missing after avalanche hits Italian hotel

The death toll in an avalanche that buried a hotel in Italy earlier this week has risen to five and 23 people are...

Official: Attack was imminent, possibly on Vienna underground

Police foiled an imminent attack, possibly on the Vienna underground, when they arrested a radicalized 18-year-old,...

Le Pen hails birth of a "new world" at far-right conference

Leaders of Europe's established far-right parties were bullish about their parties' prospects at a conference in the...

Hitler, Mussolini figures set up in Koblenz to protest European right

Protestors set up metre-high cardboard figures of notorious European fascist leaders to mark their disgust at a...