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Tube hijab attack investigated as hate crime

Sky News logo Sky News 17/07/2017

Muslim hijab-wearing women are the "silent victims" © Getty Muslim hijab-wearing women are the "silent victims" A suspected hate crime is being investigated by police after a man tried to pull off a Muslim woman's hijab. 

The man also spat at the woman's friend as they waited for a Tube at Baker Street, central London, in the early hours of Saturday morning.

The woman, who tweets under the name Aniso Abdulkadir, posted a picture of the man who allegedly attacked her on the social media site.

© Twitter/ @AnisoAbdulkadir

"This man at Baker Street station forcefully attempted to pull my hijab off and when I instinctively grabbed ahold of my scarf he hit me," she tweeted.

"He proceeded to verbally abuse my friends and I, pinning one of them against the wall and spitting in her face."

By Sunday afternoon, her post was retweeted 24,000 times after she encouraged people to share the image in order to identify the suspect.

Ms Abdulkadir said the man also threatened and verbally abused another woman who was present.

A spokesman for British Transport Police said the incident was being investigated as a hate crime.

He said: "Behaviour like this is totally unacceptable and will not be tolerated."

"This incident has been reported to us and we're investigating."

:: Anyone with information about the alleged attack is asked to get in touch with the police by texting 61016 or calling 0800 40 50 40.

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