A woman's throat has been slashed in a vicious bag snatch in Melbourne.
A man, thought to be about 175cm tall, approached the woman from behind near Brunswick Train Station at 6.15am (AEST) on Monday and put a hand over her mouth, police said.
Detective Senior Constable Kylie Snart said despite the woman immediately handing over her handbag when he asked for it, the attacker slashed the woman's throat with an unknown weapon.
"It is quite a deep gash along her throat," Det Snart said.
"It is obviously a vicious attack, a random attack on a young woman who is just on her way to work," she said.
After the woman was slashed, she went to a nearby home where emergency services were called.
A spokesman for Ambulance Victoria said the woman, aged in her 20s, was treated by paramedics and taken in a stable condition to the Royal Melbourne Hospital.
Police plan to investigate CCTV footage from a nearby supermarket and the train station to see whether the offender was captured on film.
A manhunt using sniffer dogs began soon after the attack.
It is thought lots of people would have been near the train station when the attack occurred, which was only one block from the Sydney Road shopping strip.
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Throat slashed in violent bag snatch