Heba Abolaban, a Palestinian woman living in the Massachusetts city of Malden, told local Patch news on Thursday that she and a fellow hijab-wearing female friend were assaulted late Wednesday and accused of being party to the bombings that rocked Boston on Monday.
“He was screaming 'F___ you Muslims! You are terrorists! I hate you! You are involved in the Boston explosions! F___ you!'” Abolaban told Malden Patch.
Meanwhile, in New York, a Bangladeshi man said he was attacked by four men angered over the Boston bombings, according to the International Business Times. Calling him a “f--king Arab," the men severely beat 30-year-old Abdullah Faruque, according to The New York Post.
The reports add to fears of potential backlash against America's Muslim community in the wake of Monday's bombings that killed several people during the Boston Marathon.
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Abolaban said she was horrified by the news. “I really do love the beautiful diversity of Boston [and its] people,” she told Patch on Thursday. “What happened to me yesterday saddened me a lot.”
Abolaban said an angry man approached her and her friend while they were out with their children. He shoved them and started shouting accusations, she said.
“I did not say anything to him,” she told Patch. “Not even that we aren't terrorists...he was so aggressive.” She later called 911 and police came to the scene.
No one has been arrested over the incident, but Malden Mayor Gary Christenson told Patch by e-mail that he was "outraged" by the news and has followed up with Abolaban.