The 38-year-old woman – who was wearing a hijab – was set upon by the gang and remains in hospital after becoming a victim of what police are describing as a ‘hate crime’
A Muslim woman has been beaten senseless by a mob in Spain in apparent ‘revenge’ for the Barcelona terror attack.
Police say the unnamed 38-year-old woman – who was wearing a hijab – was set upon by the gang and needed hospital treatment for cuts, bruises and an anxiety attack she suffered.
Reports say doctors are keeping her in hospital while she recovers from her injuries.
The Diversity Management Unit of Madrid’s city police is treating the beating in the Usera neighbourhood of the Spanish capital as a racist attack.
Reports say investigators believe the assault outside the Usera metro station was a ‘ hate crime ‘ – motivated by last week’s terror attacks in Barcelona.
Fourteen people were killed – and more than 100 more people were injured – when an ISIS supporter rammed pedestrians with a van and stabbed a driver while making their escape.
Police say the Madrid attack victim saw little of her attackers’ faces.
They were not apparently wearing any armbands or any other clothing linking them to anti-Islamic groups.
Senior officers say they have stepped up police patrols near the city’s mosques.
Hours after the Barcelona attack, five men who were allegedly part of a terror cell were shot and killed by police as they mounted a second rampage in the nearby town of Cambrils.
Other suspects linked to the atrocity have been arrested or continue to be under investigation.