An employee of IBM was attacked and robbed of her mobile phone near the foot overbridge across the railway track in Benson Town on Thursday evening.

The police identified the victim as Nimi Farooq (26). She was returning from work and was a few metres away from her home when the incident took place.

When she was climbing down the foot overbridge, two armed men pounced upon her, slashed her throat twice and also her hand before snatching her mobile phone and fleeing.

Then Nimi, with her laptop and other valuables, managed to run home from where she was rushed to hospital by her husband Yaser Farooq. Nimi underwent a two-hour surgery. She is out of danger, the doctors said.

Yaser said Nimi had alighted from a BMTC bus near Coles Park at around 6.30 p.m. Then she passed through Promenade Road and took the foot overbridge to reach home at Benson Town. The foot overbridge descends onto Bore Bank Road that is not well lit and is quite deserted in the evenings.

Reacting to the incident, Yaser said, “They tried to kill her by slashing her throat not once but twice.”

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