Frankfurt (dpa/lhe) - In a suspected racist attack in Frankfurt, the hair of a young woman in Frankfurt is said to have been set on fire. The 22-year-old was walking on a street in the Praunheim district on Tuesday afternoon when an unknown man approached her, the police said on Wednesday. "As they were walking past each other, she suddenly noticed a flame on the hair on her head, which was subsequently singed," it said. And: "The crime indicates a suspected xenophobic background."
Fortunately, the woman reacted quickly and was able to prevent worse from happening, so that she sustained no further injuries, a police spokesman said. "The first investigations indicated that the unknown person set the woman's hair on fire in passing." In addition, the man is said to have shouted at the 22-year-old to "leave the country" before fleeing.
The 22-year-old herself then alerted the police. An immediately initiated search was unsuccessful, it said. The police are investigating dangerous bodily harm and are looking for witnesses who observed what was happening on Kollwitzstrasse.
She is also looking for an approximately 50-year-old man who is said to be around 1.75 to 1.85 meters tall and have light blond or greyish hair and a wrinkled face. According to the description, he had a Central European appearance and spoke German without an accent. He was therefore dressed in a wide, light gray shirt and gray jogging pants and also carried a beer can with him.