US Muslim woman’s face slashed by man calling her ‘terrorist’

A Muslim woman walking down a Manhattan street during Thursday’s rush hour was slashed in the face by a man who called her a “terrorist,” police said.

The 20-year-old woman, a student at the private postsecondary school Make-up Designory, was taken to Bellevue Hospital with non-life threatening injuries, police said. The attack left a two-inch laceration on the left side of her face, police toldCBS New York. 

The woman was walking near 65 Broadway, in Manhattan’s Financial District, just before 5 p.m., when a man grabbed her arm, slashed her across her cheek and ran away, police said. The woman, who was wearing a headscarf, told investigators theman called her a terrorist, according to police.

The victim said she didn’t recognize the attacker, who got away. Police were investigating the attack, but not as a hate crime.

The attack comes amid a spike in the number of New York City slashings and stabbings. Such attacks are up more than 20 percent this year from 2015, and have prompted a new city initiative to combat the rise in violence.

Courtesy Huffington Post

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