A Muslim woman’s hijab was pulled off allegedly a man in a vicious assault in London. The shocking incident comes amid a spike in hate crime incidents following a series of terror attacks in the United Kingdom.

According to a PTI report, the incident happened when Aniso Abdulkadir was waiting for a tube at Baker Street station on July 16. According to Abdulkadir, a man grabbed her headscarf before lashing out with his fists and pinning one of her friends up against a wall.

“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,” Abdulkadir reportedly said.

“He proceeded to verbally abuse my friends and I, pinning one of them against the wall and spitting in her face,” she added.

Abdulkadir added that a woman who was present was also threatening and verbally abusive, the PTI report said. A British Transport Police spokesman said it was being investigated as a hate crime.

“Behaviour like this is totally unacceptable and will not be tolerated…This incident has been reported to us and we’re investigating,” the official said.

However, a man claiming to be the man in the image tweeted on July 17 to protest his innocence, claiming he had been defending his partner from what he called a “racist attack”, reported the Guardian.

“I would like to confirm I never hit or attacked anyone I simply defused the situation by separating them,” the man reportedly said.

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“The police is fully cooperating with me and will be able to obtain CCTV footage showing the three women attempting to attack my partner because we are in an interracial relationship,” he claimed.

The assault comes amid a spike in hate crime incidents in the UK following a suicide bombing at a concert in Manchester that claimed 22 lives and an attack in London by three terrorists, who drove a van into pedestrians and then went on a stabbing spree, killing eight persons before being shot dead.

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