Three female tourists from the UAE have reportedly suffered serious injuries in a hammer attack at a London hotel, close to the capital city's busiest shopping venues.
The tourists suffered serious head injuries with one of them said to be fighting for her life after the assault in a room at the four-star Cumberland Hotel in the early hours of Sunday morning, the Daily Mail reported.
The report described the victims as wealthy tourists on a shopping trip from the Middle East, adding that they were taken to hospital with severe head injuries.
The women, who are reportedly in their thirties, had travelled to London for a shopping spree from their home in the UAE, the paper said.
The UAE's Ministry of Foreign Affairs said on Monday it is closely following the case and has warned citizens about gangs who target tourists and their belongings.
Rashid Al Dhahiri, director of Citizens Affairs at the MoFA, said that the competent authorities at the MoFA were following up the incident in conjunction with the UAE Embassy in London to establish causes of the attack. He added the authorities are also following up the health conditions of three sisters in hospital.
The report added that police believe that a single male suspect entered a guest bedroom on the seventh floor of the building, where three women and three children were sleeping in adjoining rooms.
It is understood that the suspect was disturbed when some of the occupants of the room woke up, and the three women were subsequently assaulted with a hammer which was later found at the scene.
Scotland Yard has launched a nationwide manhunt to trace the attacker, who was not a guest at the hotel.
Detectives have retrieved CCTV footage and are questioning staff and other guests.