– A Muslim woman has been criticised for walking past victim being treated on Westminster Bridge after the terror attack
– She was criticised for allegedly appearing indifferent by one social media user
– But others leapt to her defence and said ‘she looks terrified, which she would be’
A row broke out today over a photo of a Muslim woman who was trolled after walking through the terror attack on Westminster Bridge while looking at her mobile phone.
Mail Online reports that the pedestrian wearing a brown headscarf and grey coat was pictured holding one hand to her head while walking past a victim being treated on the pavement.
She was criticised by one social media user for allegedly appearing indifferent to yesterday’s attack that brought terror to London – but others leapt to her defence.
One Twitter user called ‘Texas Lone Star’ posted a picture of the woman walking past the injured victim, criticising her in a tweet to his 44,000 followers.
He said: ‘Muslim woman pays no mind to the terror attack, casually walks by a dying man while checking phone #PrayForLondon #Westminster #BanIslam.’
But his tweet provoked disgust, with other users criticising his comments and one branding him ‘the real monster here’.
One named Vicky Forster told him: ‘You are a complete embarrassing mess of a person. Kindly crawl back to the pond you came out of. Stupidity embodied.’
And Lisa Scott defended the woman, adding: ‘She looks terrified. Which she would be, most likely being British and bang in the middle of a terror attack.’
And a user called Kelly Blackwell tweeted: ‘You have no idea what is happening in this picture and deciding to make your own context #banracists #banrednecks.’
Other social media users pointed out that there is little context to the picture, while some suggested she could have been calling her family to say she was safe.
Prime Minister Theresa May said the attacker was someone known by police and MI5, and the working assumption was that he was inspired by Islamist terrorism.
He had been investigated some years ago over violent extremism. The Islamic State terror group has claimed that the attacker was one of its ‘soldiers’.
The terror attack on Westminster Bridge and the Houses of Parliament left at least four people dead, including PC Keith Palmer, and a further 29 injured.