Nine of the 12 people arrested in connection with the stabbing of Lt. Gen. (retired) K. S. Brar in central London last Sunday have been released on bail until next month as police again appealed to witnesses to come forward with any information that might help their investigations.

The nine were "bailed to return in November pending further inquiries," police said.

Among them were two women who were held on suspicion of conspiracy to murder. Three persons were arrested on Thursday, and nine on Friday including one on suspicion of "assisting an offender".

Police did not disclose the identity of either those still in custody or those given bail.

The four persons who attacked Gen Brar when he and his wife were returning to their hotel in Oxford Street after dinner on Sunday night were described as of being "Asian appearance".

They were reported to be wearing dark clothes and long black jackets.

"They all had long beards. One of the men is described as younger and slimmer than the other three," Scotland Yard said. General Brar who suffered injuries on his face and neck called it a "pure assassination attempt" by Khalistani sympathizers for his role in the controversial Operation Blue Star in 1984 to remove militants from the Golden Temple Complex.

More In: International | News