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Turkish Christian preacher wearing Charlie Hebdo T-shirt stabbed in London

A protest in support of Charlie Hebdo in Luxembourg 8 January 2015 [Wikipedia]
A protest in support of Charlie Hebdo in Luxembourg 8 January 2015 [Wikipedia]

A woman wearing a Charlie Hebdo T-shirt was stabbed multiple times at Speaker's Corner in London's Hyde Park yesterday afternoon.

Hatun Tash, 39 is a Christian preacher who works with Defend Christ Critique Islam (DCCI), she is a regular at the park and is a former Muslim from Turkey. She was left with minor injuries and received treatment at the scene.

Footage which has been widely circulated on social media shows a man dressed in black approach Hatun before stabbing her several times and running away, a police car arrived at the scene soon after.

The Met Police described the incident as "very distressing" and managed to retrieve a discarded knife found nearby. No arrests have been made.

Detective Superintendent Alex Bingley, of the Central West Command Unit which covers policing in Westminster, said: "This was clearly a very distressing incident for the woman involved and officers have spent time with her, whilst she was being treated for her injury, to get an account of what happened.

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"We know that this assault was witnessed by a number of people, many of whom captured it on their phones.

"I would ask them, if they have not already done so, to contact police."

"We remain in the early stages of our investigation and are working hard to trace the person responsible."

"I would ask people not to speculate on the motive for the attack until we have established the full facts," he added.

Last year, Tash was filmed being punched at Speaker's Corner while holding a cartoon depicting the Prophet Muhammad (peace be upon him). Hatun has herself been arrested for "breaching the peace" and has been escorted out of Hyde Park on several occasions for her own safety. According to a YouTube discussion last year with fellow Christian preacher David Wood, Hatun revealed that police had warned her that her life could be in danger and advised her against attending Hyde Park.

In 2015, the offices of the French satirical magazine Charlie Hebdo was attacked by Islamic extremists leaving 12 people dead following the publication of offensive cartoons of the Prophet.

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