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Pregnant woman loses baby as thugs stamp on stomach in case 'akin to murder'

A heavily pregnant woman has lost her baby after being repeatedly kicked in the stomach - and stamped on - by two men in the street in a case 'akin to murder'.

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The 21-year-old victim, who was 32 weeks into her pregnancy, was attacked by two men wearing motorbike crash helmets in south London.

They pushed her to the ground and repeatedly kicked and stamped on her stomach, killing the unborn baby just eight weeks before it was due.

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Police say there is a 'strong chance' the attackers were targeting the woman's unborn child:

This wasn't a random attack. Certainly we're treating it akin to murder.

– Detective Chief Inspector Robert Pack, Homicide and Major Crime Command

Asked whether the victim knew her attackers, Detective Chief Inspector Pack replied:

Quite possibly.

– Detective Chief Inspector Robert Pack, Homicide and Major Crime Command
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The young woman remains in a critical condition in intensive care.

The sickening attack happened as the woman walked down a street in Peckham in south London around 8pm on Tuesday evening.

From what we know at the moment, the working hypothesis is that it was targeted at that unborn child.

There doesn't appear to be any blows or physical force directed to her head or face. It seems to be all the violence was targeted towards the child. There's absolutely no suggestion this is part of a pattern or spate of similar attacks. This is a one-off.

– Detective Chief Inspector Robert Pack, Homicide and Major Crime Command

The two men were described as black and aged in their 20s. A 20-year-old man was arrested on Tuesday, and remains in custody.

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A neighbour, who asked not to be named said:

I came home from work and saw two guys running off. I didn't know what had happened until I saw her lying on the floor.

She was on the floor in distress, crying. She said she had been kicked in the stomach.

I helped her up and she thought she was bleeding so I helped her to my toilet.

– Neighbour

Anyone with information is asked to contact Police on 020 8345 3985 or Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.