A teen boy was reportedly disemboweled during a stabbing this week in the south of London.
The teen, who is currently fighting for his life in a London hospital, was stabbed alongside three others Thursday near a housing estate in the Camberwell district.
The four boys as well as six suspects who were taken into custody by police are aged between 15 and 16 years old.
Police told UK news site Metro that one teen remains in critical condition, another in serious but stable condition while the other two did not suffer serious injuries.
One witness described seeing a group of black males running near her home moments before the attack.
“There were four or five black boys running,” the unnamed woman told the Metro. “All of a sudden I could hear, ‘Help, help.’”
Another witness described seeing one boy collapse, holding his stomach as “all of his intestines were falling on the ground.”
‘That particular one, I hope he does live but by the looks of it and the way the ambulance had to struggle I would give it just an 8% (chance),” a 25-year-old woman, who asked not to be named, said. “It was very traumatizing.”
Police Superintendent Annmarie Cowley has said investigators thus far “cannot speculate” on what led to the altercation.
“What we can say for certain is if there needed to be an example of the utter senselessness of knife crime, then this is it,” Cowley added.
The stabbing comes amid growing concern among London residents over escalating violent crime rates.