Friday 21 July 2017

Trump condemns fatal stabbing of Good Samaritans who tried to help Muslim women

Jeremy Joseph Christian, who allegedly stabbed to death two men on a train May 26, 2017 in Portland, Oregon when they tried to help two young women who were being harassed because they appeared to be Muslim. Picture: HO/AFP/Getty Images
Jeremy Joseph Christian, who allegedly stabbed to death two men on a train May 26, 2017 in Portland, Oregon when they tried to help two young women who were being harassed because they appeared to be Muslim. Picture: HO/AFP/Getty Images
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US president Donald Trump has condemned the fatal stabbing of two Good Samaritans who tried to aid two young Muslim women as a self-declared white supremacist harassed them in Portland, Oregon.

Mr Trump tweeted: "The violent attacks in Portland on Friday are unacceptable. The victims were standing up to hate and intolerance. Our prayers are w/ them."

The attacks happened on a light rail train on the first day of Ramadan, the holiest time of year for Muslims.

Police identified the dead as 53-year-old Ricky John Best of Happy Valley, Oregon, and 23-year-old Taliesin Myrddin Namkai Meche of Portland.

Mayor Ted Wheeler said Mr Best was an Army veteran and a city employee.

Police arrested Jeremy Joseph Christian in connection with the killings and said they are examining his extremist ideology.

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