KUALA LUMPUR - He was stabbed 14 times but Ahmad Izat Ahmad Mazni survived to relate his ordeal.
The 23-year-old Malaysian student who is pursuing a bachelor degree in industrial economics at the Nottingham University, was on his way to his friend's house in Dunkirk, not far from his hostel at the university's Jubilee Campus, when he was attacked by three boys on Sunday.
Nottingham (United Kingdom) Umno Club president Nik Zakirah Farhanis Zakimi, who was told about the 6.50pm incident, said Izat sustained deep bruises and was stabbed 14 times with a pocket knife during the robbery. Nik Zakirah said Izat was confronted by three assailants, believed to be between 10 and 14 years old, at a small lane between Wollaton Drive Hall and Hillside.
"They grabbed Izat's wallet and handphone after stabbing him with a pocket knife twice before they ran away," she aid. Izat gave chase and managed to grab the youngest member of the group.
One of the boys stabbed him again with the knife while the other punched him.
Izat managed to wrest back his wallet and handphone, but lost his watch to the boys who escaped by climbing over the fence of a nearby house.
A passer-by, who saw his trousers drenched in blood, sent him to Queen's Medical Centre Hospital.
Nik Zakirah said doctors found 14 stab wounds on Izat's body. He received more than 10 stitches on his chest, abdomen and thighs.
"The police recorded his statement and kept his handphone to trace the fingerprints to find the suspects," she said. Izat was recovering at his friend's house in Dunkirk.
Nik Zakirah said the Nottingham Umno club had organised a thanksgiving prayer and raised funds for Izat.