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Tube attacker made grab for woman’s hijab

Hate crime: The tweeted image of the alleged attack at the Tube station

POLICE are investigating a suspected hate crime after a man tried to pull off a Muslim woman’s hijab and spat at her friend at a Tube station.

The woman was set upon while waiting at Baker Street in London in the early hours of Saturday morning.

Tweeting under the name Aniso Abdulkadir, she posted a picture of the man who allegedly attacked her, writing: ‘This man at Baker Street station forcefully attempted to pull my hijab off and when I instinctively grabbed a hold of my scarf he hit me.’

She continued: ‘He proceeded to verbally abuse my friends and I, pinning one of them against the wall and spitting in her face.’ Ms Abdulkadir added that a woman nearby was also threatened and verbally abused.

She urged others to share the image to identify the suspect, earning tens of thousands of retweets.

British Transport Police said the incident was being treated as a hate crime and appealed for witnesses. A spokesman said: ‘Behaviour like this is totally unacceptable.’

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