A Muslim woman wearing religious attire was set on fire in New York City on Saturday night, just hours before the anniversary of the Sept. 11, 2001 terrorist attacks.
Police sources told New York Daily News yesterday that the woman, a Scottish tourist shopping on Fifth Avenue, noticed her sleeve was on fire and quickly put it out.
“She saw (the suspect) pull a lighter away and walk away. He doesn’t say anything.”Police are investigating whether the incident may be considered a hate crime, and are searching for
the suspect. No description for the attacker was released to the public.
The victim is a 35-year-old dentist from Glasgow, according to DNA Info. She was not badly injured and refused medical attention.
“We will advocate for a full investigation,” the Council on America-Islamic Relations wrote on Facebook.A number of attacks were reported on Muslims around the 9/11 anniversary.
In New York last week, a Muslim woman and her two young children were allegedly attacked in what prosecutors called a hate crime. And in Orlando, someone set fire to the mosque once attended by Pulse nightclub shooter Omar Mateen, Huffington Post reports.