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Cumberland Hotel hammer attack victims' relative's stunned tweets

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  • Three victims of the Cumberland Hotel hammer attack have been named
  • Assault happened on Sunday morning at just yards from Oxford Street
  • One woman is in a critical but stable condition following the 2am attack
  • A relative, 18, was staying next door and ran downstairs screaming
  • She then sent a series of stunned tweets about the attack

By Leon Watson

Published: 12:28 GMT, 8 April 2014 | Updated: 12:36 GMT, 8 April 2014

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A stunned relative of the three victims of the Cumberland Hotel hammer attack sent out a series of desperate tweets moments after it happened, it was revealed today.

Shekha Al Mauhairi, 18, was staying next door and ran down from the seventh floor to the first screaming for help after the female tourists were hit in the face and head in a brutal attack.

She said on Twitter: 'I am 18 years old and someone has attacked my family.'

She then tweeted: 'I'm in London. Some foreigner from London came and attacked us.'

A police car parked outside the entrance of The Cumberland Hotel in central London, where three women were attacked with a hammer by an intruder in one of the rooms inside

A police car parked outside the entrance of The Cumberland Hotel in central London, where three women were attacked with a hammer by an intruder in one of the rooms inside

Four stars: The Cumberland Hotel in London, where the hammer attack on three women in their thirties took place

Four stars: The Cumberland Hotel in London, where the hammer attack on three women in their thirties took place

Botched burglary: Police believe the suspect entered a room on the seventh floor where the three women were staying with three children in adjoining rooms (stock image of a Cumberland Hotel room)

Botched burglary: Police believe the suspect entered a room on the seventh floor where the three women were staying with three children in adjoining rooms (stock image of a Cumberland Hotel room)

In a final tweet she said that she has now moved to another hotel and is being looked after by security. Her tweets have since been deleted.

Khalood Al Muhairi, 36, remains in a 'critical' condition in hospital more than 48 hours after being attacked at the four star Cumberland Hotel off Oxford Street in central London.

She is reported to have been placed in an induced coma.

It is understood two other women injured in the same incident in the early hours of Sunday and now recovering at a London hospital are her sisters Fatimah Al Muhairi, 31, and 34-year-old Ohoud Al Muhairi.

All three women, from the United Arab Emirates (UAE), were enjoying a break in London with their children and other relatives.

Their attacker is still being hunted by police.

Scene: One of the women is in a critical but stable condition after the assault at the Cumberland Hotel near Oxford Street in London

Scene: One of the women is in a critical but stable condition after the assault at the Cumberland Hotel near Oxford Street in London

Manhunt: Police are appealing for any witnesses of the incident on Sunday morning at the Cumberland Hotel, pictured, to come forward

Manhunt: Police are appealing for any witnesses of the incident on Sunday morning at the Cumberland Hotel, pictured, to come forward

Guests staying at the Cumberland Hotel in Marble Arch said they have been warned by their Embassy to be careful of thieves following the incident.

Fatima Al Hammadi, 28, who is from Abu Dhabi in the UAE and is staying at The Cumberland with 10 family members, said: 'We came for relaxation, but when we heard about this we were just really surprised.

'We have heard of these things happening in Thailand, but never here. The youngest, Shekha, has spoken about it on Twitter. Everyone knows about it.

The women, who are in their thirties, had travelled to London for a shopping spree from their home in the United Arab Emirates

The women, who are in their thirties, had travelled to London for a shopping spree from their home in the United Arab Emirates

'The Embassy contacted us about being careful of thieves. We have been to the Embassy today and have asked them to move us to another hotel.

'We don't care about the money - we want to get out, we don't feel safe here. We don't know how the attackers could have got in, you need a key card to use the lift.

'It's all over the newspapers. A newspaper in the Gulf has an interview with one of their brothers Badar al-Ansari, who said that London was like his second home and completely safe, but now he's scared.'

The UAE's Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MoFA) has said they are closely following the case.

'There are special agencies following up the case in co-ordination with our embassy in London,' the MoFA official in charge of nationals, Rashid Al Dhaahiri said.

The UAE ambassador to London, Abdulrahman Ghanim Al Mutaiwee, said they are working 'with a number of security agencies in a bid to apprehend the offenders.'

The Ambassador added that he was hopeful that the 'advanced technology in the hotel will be used to identify and apprehend the offender who we believe had a motive of robbery.'

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