A heavily pregnant woman was assaulted by three men, one of whom used a knife to "jab" her stomach, police said today.
The 36-year-old, who is six months pregnant, was attacked in Buckley Road as she walked home from work in Kilburn, north west London.
The Metropolitan Police said the woman was "visibly pregnant" at the time of the attack by the men, who grabbed her from behind having already walked past her as she made her way home from Kilburn Underground station.
One of them threatened her with a three-inch serrated knife and jabbed her in the stomach area "violently and aggressively", police said.
She was left with cuts to her hand from fending off the blade before she managed to scream and shout, causing the men to walk away in the direction of Kilburn High Road.
Pc Paul Connelly, from the Priority Crime Unit in Brent said: "This was a deeply traumatic and horrific ordeal for the victim and we are treating this incident seriously.
"I believe that there would have been many people in the area at the time who may have seen or even heard the events leading up to this assault."
The attack happened at 7.15pm on Monday night.
The attackers are described as being black and aged between 15 and 20. One was wearing what police described as a "Barbour style" dark green padded jacket with a diamond pattern. He was also wearing black woollen gloves and a black hoodie.