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Muslim woman brutally attacked in northern Germany

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Muslim woman brutally attacked in northern Germany
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15:47 CEST+02:00
A man is under investigation for assault after he allegedly beat a Muslim woman over the weekend in the northern city of Kiel.

"We're still investigating what happened and making sure we have the whole picture," police spokesperson Oliver Pohl told The Local.  

Witnesses says that the 55-year-old man from Kiel yelled "shit Muslims" before launching an unprovoked attack on the 35-year-old woman.

Police say she suffered multiple bruises and a broken nose as a result of the attack.

The Kieler Nachrichten published a photo of the victim, showing her with two black eyes.

"It all happened in seconds," one witness told the newspaper. "It was so brutal - like a boxer delivering a knock out punch."

Hate crimes across Germany rose dramatically in 2015 after German took in a massive influx of refugees. Islamophobia has also become much more widespread, a recent study shows.

State police spokesperson Torge Stelck told The Local that the state had also seen an increase in politically-motivated hate crimes.

From 2014 to 2015, such categorized crimes doubled from 33 to 66 statewide, with "the majority" of those being perpetuated by right-wing extremists.

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