Train Stabbing Victims of Anti-Muslim Racist Rant Hailed as ‘Heroes’

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PORTLAND, US —AlGhad— The Muslim community in Portland, Oregon, US, announced that they will be raising money for the families of the two men who were killed by an anti-Muslim bigot on a train last Friday, when they stepped in to defend two young women, who appeared to be Muslim.

Three were stabbed in the attack, two fatally, and the other is currently being treated for a non-fatal injury.

The bigoted assailant fled the scene but was later arrested by the police, official sources have confirmed.

The two girls, along with the rest of the Muslim Community, launched a fundraising page for the families of the three heroes.

So far, the young women had raised more than USD300 thousand for the victims’ families, by Sunday evening.

The FBI and U.S. Attorney for Oregon are working with Portland police. The FBI says it's too early to say whether the slayings qualify as a federal hate crime however Christian faces intimidation charges, the state equivalent of a hate crime.

In a statement responding to Friday’s attack, the Council on American-Islamic Relations said that anti-Muslim incidents increased by more than 50 per cent in the United States recently, due in part to President Donald Trump’s focus on militant Islamist groups and anti-immigrant rhetoric.

Meanwhile, the administration says that while it strongly opposes Islamist militants, it has no quarrel with Islam.

Police said they will examine what appears to be the extremist ideology of suspect Jeremy Joseph Christian, 35, who is accused of killing the two men Friday. Christian's social media postings indicate an affinity for Nazis and political violence.

Messages left at the home of Christian's mother were not immediately returned.

The attack occurred on a light-rail train on the first day of Ramadan, the holiest time of the year for Muslims.

(Agencies)

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