Airman threatened with knife by Arabs in attempted abduction at RAF base

RAF Marham, Norfolk, England (Albanpix.com)

A service member out jogging yesterday barely escaped what is being described as an attempted kidnapping by two men of middle eastern appearance.

The British airman was running near the married quarters at RAF Marham in Norfolk when two men attempted to abduct him at knife point.

It is not clear how the airman escaped capture but the men fled in a dark colored car, according to the BBC.

At around 3:30 p.m. (local time), following the attack, the base was placed in lockdown.

An internal memo sent to staff from a member of the Protective Security at the MoD, said: “Following a security incident at RAF Marham, it is directed that all personnel keep a low profile and not make themselves vulnerable,” according to the Daily Mail.

According to an internal document obtained by Daily Mail, the serviceman had been running ‘approximately one mile outside of RAF Marham’s main gate” when the “alleged attempted abduction” took place.

The servicemember was reportedly not wearing his uniform or harmed at the time of the alleged abduction.

RAF Marham houses almost 10,000 people, including members of the RAF, Navy and Army, as well as the civil service and other staff.  It is also home to four squadrons of Tornado bombers which have been flying bombing raids against Islamic State fighters in Syria since December from a base in Cyprus.
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