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'I knew I was fighting for my life' says serviceman after abductors tried to bundle him into car

Patrick Sawer

Published 04/09/2016 | 10:00

The serviceman said: “This whole event has turned my world upside down.
The serviceman said: “This whole event has turned my world upside down." Credit: Crimewatch

A serviceman who narrowly escaped being abducted outside his RAF base has told how he fought for his life against two armed men who tried to kidnap him.

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The RAF serviceman said he feared he would never see his wife and family again as the two men tried to drag him onto a vehicle after ambushing him close to RAF Marham in Norfolk last July.

E-fit images of the two suspects wanted in connection with the attempted abduction Credit: Norfolk Police
E-fit images of the two suspects wanted in connection with the attempted abduction Credit: Norfolk Police

Police have not ruled out the men, who were of Middle Eastern appearance, were a part of a larger terror cell hell-bent on kidnapping a member of the armed forces.

Speaking for the first time the servicemen, whose identity has not been revealed, said: “This whole event has turned my world upside down.

“The outcome could have been a lot more severe, but it’s the ‘what ifs’ you know, not being able to see my wife again, not being able to see my family again.”

He added: “I knew what I had to do to get away. I was fighting for my life. I won’t let this stop me from doing things I need to do, but it does affect you emotionally.”

The ambush happened close to RAF Marham in Norfolk last July Credit: LINDSEY PARNABY/AFP
The ambush happened close to RAF Marham in Norfolk last July Credit: LINDSEY PARNABY/AFP

The serviceman, who relived his ordeal for tomorrow’s BBC1 Crimewatch, was out running in the village of Marham at approximately 3.10pm on Wednesday 20 July when he was ambushed.

Two men in a dark coloured people-carrier, parked alongside a quiet stretch of road called Squires Hill, tried to drag him towards the vehicle.

But the serviceman managed to fight off the attackers, one of whom was armed with a knife, and escape.

The men are still on the run.

One was described as being between 20 and 30 years old, around 6’ 2”and stocky. He had a full, well groomed beard and dark hair.

He was wearing dark blue jeans/trousers, dark trainers and a black round neck t-shirt with white writing from the right shoulder down to the left hand side.

The second assailant was smaller than his accomplice and was wearing a plain white round neck t-shirt and dark coloured shorts just above the knee. He was about 5’10” with a slimmer build, clean shaven, with a short back and sides haircut.

Anyone with information is urged to contact the Norfolk and Suffolk Major Investigation Team using the 101 number.

A clip released by the BBC ahead of the programme features the victim’s words spoken through the voice of an actor.

Crimewatch is on BBC1 at 9pm, on Monday.

Telegraph.co.uk

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