Police are still searching for an assailant who stabbed the ex-Muslim Islamophobe Hatun Tash at Speakers’ Corner in London on Sunday.
Tash, 39, was stabbed several times while she was wearing a Charlie Hebdo T-Shirt and was “preaching the Gospel” to Muslims, but is said to be fine after receiving medical attention.
The assailant fled the scene as some of the other 30 people there confronted him/her. The knife used in the attack was recovered.
Tash, who is of Turkish origin, is known for insulting the Prophet (pbuh) and desecrating the Quran. She often goes down to Speakers’ Corner to debate and confront Muslims from her evangelical Christian perspective.
Hatun Tash leads DCCI ministries, which says it exists to defend Christ, critique Islam and preach the Gospel to Muslims using apologetics and polemics.
In a statement police said they are appealing for witnesses and information following the assault in Hyde Park.
They said they were called by the London Ambulance Service at 15:34hrs on Sunday to reports of an assault at Speakers’ Corner.
Officers attended and found a 39-year-old woman suffering from a minor slash injury to her head. She was treated at the scene before being taken to a central London hospital. Her injuries are not life-threatening.
Officers based in Westminster are working alongside colleagues from the Royal Parks OCU to investigate and identify the person responsible.
Detective Superintendent Alex Bingley, from 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.
“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.”
There have been no arrests and enquiries continue.
Anyone with information is asked to contact police via 101 or @MetCC quoting reference Cad 4376/25Jul. Alternatively, to remain anonymous, call Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.