A woman thought to be a Christian preacher has become the victim of a stabbing at London’s iconic Speakers’ Corner on the edge of Hyde Park. Police are hunting down the attacker after he immediately fled the scene.
The violent incident and its aftermath were caught on camera and uploaded onto social media.
The attacker can be seen wearing a long dark coat. He slashes at the victim before fleeing while the poor woman bends over in shock.
She is widely reported on social media to be Hatun Tash, a Christian preacher. In one of the clips posted online the Charlie Hebdo T-shirt she is wearing can be clearly seen as she waits to be tended to, blood pouring down her face.
The blade used was recovered soon after by police.
The Metropolitan Police Force told MailOnline “Police were called by the London Ambulance Service at 15:34hrs on Sunday, 25 July to reports of an assault at Speakers’ Corner, W1.
“Officers attended and found a woman suffering from a minor slash injury. She was treated by the LAS before being taken to a central London hospital.
“A knife was recovered nearby. Officers from Westminster are working alongside the Royal Parks OCU to investigate and identify the man responsible.
“There have been no arrests and enquiries continue. Anyone with information is asked to call police via 101 quoting reference Cad 4376/25Jul.”
The victim’s clothing has already attracted attention. Footage has emerged of a group of men alleged to be Muslim speaking to another group. One of the men can be heard saying, she “had it coming”. The clip has not been circulated by established media outlets.
Charlie Hebdo is the satirical French comic that became the target of a horrific terrorist attack in January 2015 and has since become a major flashpoint for free speech campaigners and champions of western democracy. The comic’s significance is just as potent for Islamists – Charlie Hebdo has repeatedly published images of the prophet Muhammad.