Irish soldier has ACID thrown in his face and is slashed with a blade by thugs in London
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Irish soldier has ACID thrown in his face and is slashed with a blade by thugs in London

AN IRISH GUARDSMAN had acid thrown in his face and was slashed with a blade after he was attacked by a gang of thugs in Hounslow, west London.

The incident occurred on Tuesday evening while the solider, believed to be in his 30s, was jogging outside his barracks.

Police are on the hunt for three men who allegedly cornered the Irishman, before throwing acid at him and attacking him with a knife.

Firefighters who arrived at the scene used their hose to try and wash away the corrosive substance from the man's face.

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Police are on the hunt for three men alleged to have cornered the soldier before attacking him on Tuesday

He was cut across the stomach and the arm and was also robbed by the gang who injured him.

The Guardsman, whose identity is being protected, remained in hospital surrounded by his family on Wednesday after the incident near Cavalry Barracks in Hounslow.

Luckily his injuries are not thought to be life-threatening but there are concerns the assault could affect his sight.

Reports indicating that his mobile phone and Apple Watch were stolen have lead police to believe it was a robbery and not terror related, as first feared.

According to The Sun, the incident was likely a case of a 'robbery gone wrong,' rather than anything more sinister.

"He was just out for a run. He wasn’t in Army gear or clothes that suggested he was Forces," a source told The Sun. 

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