10/25/2013 01:24 pm ET

London Attack On American Student Francesco Hounye Captured In Shocking Video

Shocking images released by Scotland Yard show a brutal attack on an American student that took place in the capital last June. American student Francesco Hounye, age 22, had been in London just three days when he was severely attacked by five Asian men, reports the Times.

The images and photos show Hounye being hit in the head with a bottle after being confronted on the night of June 17 in East London. After striking him with the bottle, the men chased Hounye down and continued to beat him, accounts the Mirror.

According to the International Business Times, the investigators believe Hounye was targeted because he was "obviously not local" and the attackers "took exception to the fact that he was a bit different."

Investigators released footage of the attack and the gruesome injuries Hounye received in hopes of appealing to the public for help identifying the suspects, adds the Mirror.

In a report from the Metro, Hounye states he was considering studying in London, but the incident is giving him pause. "Every time I look in the mirror from now on I will be reminded of this incident," the student said.