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Virginia hate crime: 13-year-old girl in headscarf called 'terrorist', attacked 'because of her religious attire'

The incident happened on April 6 while the teenager was walking in the Woodbridge area. She was confronted by a stranger who swore at her and seized her arm.

Reported by: IANS, Washington [ Updated: April 10, 2018 18:52 IST ]

Virginia Police

In a shocking incident, a 13-year-old girl, wearing headscarf, was attacked in the US state of Virginia by a stranger on April 6.

According to the police officials, they believed the girl was targeted "because of her religious attire", Washington Post reported.

The incident happened on April 6 while the teenager was walking in the Woodbridge area. She was confronted by a stranger who swore at her and seized her arm.

According to police, the girl reported that the man tried to place her arm behind her back and then placed a small knife against her arms while calling her a "terrorist".

The man then removed the girl's headscarf and placed a hand over her mouth when she tried to scream. He fled after a motorist came by and saw what was happening, police said.

They said the girl suffered minor injuries.

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