Knife-wielding man attacks female nursing student in Jurong

Knife-wielding man attacks female nursing student in Jurong

A nursing student was attacked on Friday at the foot of her block by an assailant with a knife.

A spokesman for the Singapore Civil Defence Force said the victim was taken to the National University Hospital (NUH) with injuries to her arms and neck. She was said to have been slashed several times by the suspect.

The police said they responded to a call for assistance, made at about 8.40am, at Block 415 Jurong West Street 42. The suspect, believed to be a 30-year- old man, has since been arrested.

Chinese evening newspaper Shin Min Daily News reported on Friday that the victim - who is studying nursing at Nanyang Polytechnic - was stepping out of the lift at her HDB flat when the incident occurred. The Straits Times understands that the suspect and victim, believed to be in her 20s, know each other, although their relationship is not clear.

The woman's family declined comment when approached by The Straits Times at NUH on Friday. But a relative, who did not want to be named, identified the victim as Pavithra. She was still undergoing treatment at press time on Friday. 

Police said investigations are ongoing.

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