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13/09/2016 1:58 PM AEST | Updated 14/09/2016 3:40 AM AEST

Police: Muslim Woman Set On Fire In New York Just Before 9/11 Anniversary

The incident may be considered a hate crime.

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A close-up photo of police lights by night

A Muslim woman wearing religious attire was set on fire in New York City on Saturday night, just hours before the anniversary of the Sept. 11, 2001 terrorist attacks. 

The woman, a Scottish tourist shopping on Fifth Avenue, noticed her sleeve was on fire and quickly put it out, the New York Daily News reported.

“She saw (the suspect) pull a lighter away and walk away,” a police source told the newspaper. “He doesn’t say anything.”

Police are investigating whether the incident may be considered a hate crime, and are searching for the suspect, Fusion reported. No description for the attacker was released to the public.

The victim is a 35-year-old dentist from Glasgow, according to DNA Info. She was not badly injured and refused medical attention. 

We will advocate for a full investigation,” the Council on America-Islamic Relations wrote on Facebook. 

A number of attacks were reported on Muslims around the 9/11 anniversary. In New York last week, a Muslim woman and her two young children were allegedly attacked in what prosecutors called a hate crime. And in Florida, someone set fire to the mosque once attended by Pulse nightclub shooter Omar Mateen.

HuffPost has recorded more than 230 acts of anti-Muslim violence, discrimination and political speech in the United States this year. During the month of Ramadan, there were at least 20 anti-Muslim crimes

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CORRECTION: A previous version of this story said someone set fire to the Pulse nightclub shooter’s mosque in Orlando. It is located in Fort Pierce, Florida.