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Muslim Woman Mown Down At Brussels Anti-Islam Rally In Shocking Incident Caught On Video

A passenger in the car appeared to take photos from his mobile phone.

03/04/2016 14:31

Footage has emerged of a Muslim woman being struck by a car in a hit-and-run during an anti-islam rally in the Brussels district of Molenbeek. 

The video shows a white Audi A1, which had already driven through a police roadblock, striking the woman head on as she ambled across a quiet street. 

The woman is catapulted on to the vehicle's bonnet and then slides off the side of the car on to the road. The vehicles does not stop at the scene. 

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A Muslim woman is attended to by paramedics after being struck by a car that ploughed through a police barricade 

Although seriously injured, the woman appeared to be conscious as she received medical attention at the scene of the crash. 

Pictures taken at the scene show a passenger in the car seemingly taking photos on his phone as the car passes through the roadblock, and as officers point their guns at the vehicle. 

Police have not yet confirmed the woman's current condition, the motivation behind the incident or if any arrests have been made. 

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The Audi approaches the Muslim woman who can be seen in the bottom right of the above image
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The woman is catapulted on to the car's bonnet
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The woman is shunted off the vehicle before it drives off

The hit-and-run came as tensions continued to escalate in the Belgian capital, with police out in force on Saturday to ward off trouble after local authorities banned a scheduled anti-Islam rally and any counter-protests. 

Several hundred people attempted to gather in defiance of the ban in Molenbeek where police arrested the sole surviving Paris attacks suspect Salah Abdeslam on March 18. 

Meanwhile, smaller far-left groups were dispersed from a central Brussels square that has become a memorial to the victims of the airport and metro attacks of March 22.   

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A passenger in the Audi can be seen taking a photo on his mobile phone as the car passes through the police barricade 

Police said they briefly detained over 100 people but only two were kept in custody. 

The hit and run came as authorities announced that Brussels' Zaventem airport will partially reopen today, just 12 days after it was hit by twin suicide blasts.

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