Mar 16, 2019 - Politics & Policy

Australian senator blames Muslim immigration for mosque attack, strikes teenager

A woman reveals a shirt under her sweatshirt that has a red "no" symbol over the word Sharia.

An anti-refugee protester in Melbourne, Australia in 2016. Photo: Asanka Brendon Ratnayake/Anadolu Agency/Getty Images

An Australian senator who blames Muslim immigration for the fatal attack on 2 New Zealand mosques — an attack decried as Islamaphobia by Muslim world leaders — struck a teenager after being egged in the head on Saturday, the NYT reports.

Details: Sen. Fraser Anning hit the teenager twice after an egg was smashed on his head, as seen in Facebook video footage of the event. The shooter in the Christchurch attack identified himself via his manifesto as a 28-year-old white supremacist and Australian, per the Associated Press, and said he aimed "to avenge attacks in Europe perpetrated by Muslims."

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