One arrested over racist attack on elderly Muslim woman in Austria

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VIENNA:  An elderly Austrian Muslim woman has been seriously injured after a man attacked her, insulting and knocking her on the floor, becoming the latest victim of a series of attacks targeting veiled women in Vienna.

The attack occurred when 60-year-old pensioner Selver S. was waiting in a queue to collect her pension at a Bawag bank branch in Schönbrunner Strasse (Meidling), quoted by Heute newspaper.

The woman was suddenly approached by a man who insulted her and repeatedly shoved her, knocking her to the floor.

After the attack, a 40-year-old man was arrested outside the bank while the elderly woman was taken to hospital.

Suffering a spinal injury, the woman has also suffered a lumbar fracture and had to spend seven days in Hanusch hospital, her son Engin said.

The attack is the latest in several incidents where women wearing headscarves have been insulted and attacked in Vienna recently.

Last month, another Muslim woman was attacked with her friend in the street, calling them Taliban and ISIL, the so-called Islamic State.

A few weeks ago, another Muslim woman was attacked in the subway.

Austrian Muslims are estimated at about half a million or nearly 6 percent of the European country’s 8 million population.

In Vienna, Islam is the second-largest religious grouping, after Roman Catholicism.