A young woman was attacked in London’s Hyde Park on Sunday afternoon, wearing a T-shirt supporting the French Charlie Hebdo magazine. Police are looking for the attacker and still do not know the exact motive for the attack, according to The Guardian and other British media. The injuries do not threaten the woman’s life.
The victim of the attack was in a part of the park known as Speaker’s Corner, where people give speeches and hold debates. According to people passing by, a figure dressed in black approached a woman; subsequently, the woman held her neck, from which blood was flowing. The attacker was driven away by a group of people who were on the spot. Paramedics treated the wounded woman on the spot, then took her to a hospital.
According to The Times, the woman was an evangelical Christian. According to available information, she suffered a facial injury during the attack. A small group of people was present at the incident, some of whom reacted quickly and drove the attacker away.
London police have confirmed that a “very worrying incident” took place in Hyde Park. They added that they had found a knife, which was probably used for the attack. However, they were still looking for the attacker himself. “We are in the very early stages of an investigation and we are working hard to find the attacker,” said a police spokesman, who also called on people and the media not to speculate on the motives for the attack until after a full investigated.
Title image: Mounted police officers patrol in Hyde Park, as the country is in lockdown to help curb the spread of the coronavirus, in London, Monday, April 13, 2020. The novel coronavirus causes mild or moderate symptoms for most people, but for some, especially older adults and people with existing health problems, it can cause more severe illness or death. (AP Photo/Kirsty Wigglesworth)