THUGS leapt from two cars and pushed a terrified woman to the ground before driving off in a late night Muirhouse attack.
The 23-year-old victim suffered a cut to her face at around 3.30am last Sunday on the path between Muirhouse Place West and Muirhouse Place East.
She was walking home from the Muirhouse Gardens area, when the men pounced after getting out of two cars, one red the other white.
The woman returned home and contacted police who are now appealing for witnesses and trying to establish a motive.
One of the suspects is described as white, aged in his mid twenties to early thirties, between 5ft 8ins and 5ft 10ins tall with a medium to stocky build, short dark hair and a scar on the right side of his jaw.
He was wearing a grey Superdry hooded top with white toggles, dark jogging bottoms and spoke with what is described as possibly an Eastern European accent.
Another of the suspects is described as being slightly smaller than the first, with an average build. He also possibly had an Eastern European accent and was wearing a light grey Adidas tracksuit with Adidas in white writing on the leg.
Detective Constable Emma Wilkinson from Edinburgh’s Violence Reduction Unit said: “This was a terrifying ordeal for the young woman and we are working to establish the full circumstances surrounding this attack.
“Despite the early time of the incident, there may have been members of the public returning home from nights out or walking dogs and so anyone who saw anything suspicious in or around Muirhouse Place at around 3.30am on Sunday morning should contact police immediately.
“Similarly, if you recognise the description of the suspects or can help us identify those responsible then please also get in touch.”
Those with information can contact the VRU via 101 and quote incident number 1056 of the 27th August. Alternatively, an anonymous report can be made through the charity Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.