U.K. Police Investigating London Attack on Pregnant Jewish Woman

Footage of the assault in the Stamford Hill neighborhood shows a man putting a bag or pillowcase over the head of a woman in Haredi dress before delivering blows to her stomach

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Police are investigating an attack on a pregnant Jewish woman in the London neighborhood of Stamford Hill on Thursday evening.

According to the local Shomrim neighborhood watch organization, a male suspect approached the woman from behind, "placed a pillow over her head and punched her in her stomach several times."

The Shomrim said that the victim, who is 27-weeks pregnant, was rushed to the hospital, and that she and her unborn baby survived the assault.

Police told the Jewish Chronicle that the 20-year-old woman suffered minor injuries. According to the publication, there has been an increase in attacks on Jewish women in the area, which has a large Hasidic population.

CCTV footage from the assault shows that the woman was dressed in modest clothing typical of the Haredi community; police are investigating whether the attack was racially motivated, the Daily Mail tabloid reported.

The Board of Deputies of British Jews condemned the attack: "We hope that the perpetrator is swiftly caught and faces justice," the Jewish advocacy group wrote on Twitter, urging anyone who can identify the perpetrator to come forward.   

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