Woman Attacked for Reading from Bible

Country: Austria

Date of incident: December 28, 2016

Category: Social Hostility / Intolerance

Attack against: Faith

Area of case: Islamist / Private



A 22-year-old man from Afghanistan stabbed a Christian woman when he heard her reading from the Bible at a refugee accommodation in Vöcklamarkt (Upper Austria).

Her alleged attacker was apparently offended by the fact that the woman had been invited by Christian residents of the property to discuss the Bible.
According to reports, the 22-year-old stormed into the kitchen where the woman was standing, grabbed a butter knife, and tried to plunge it into her upper body.

The 50-year-old victim escaped serious injury because her thick winter coat protected her, but she did injure her ear when she fell backwards from the force of the man's violent blows.

When questioned by police, the attacker admitted that he had overreacted but claimed he was suffering from 'personal problems'.
Source: ORF.at and Krone