Muslim woman set on fire was not target of hate crime, New York police say

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Officials say three other victims were approached in a similar manner and in the same proximity as the Saturday attack on a Scottish woman.

Police do not believe the man who set a Muslim woman dressed in traditional religious attire on fire in New York was motivated by anti-Muslim bias, they said on Wednesday, after more women are revealed to have been targeted.

Three other women were also targeted in a similar area, at a similar time as the incident on Saturday, according to the New York police department.

“The other women were NOT wearing clothing indicating they were Muslim,” the police department’s spokesperson told the Guardian via email. “The motivation for these crimes is not considered to be ‘bias-related’ at this time.”

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