Muslim woman pepper sprayed by man in possibly racist attack in Spicer

Police are investigating another incident in which a Hispanic man was targeted.
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Police in Kandiyohi County are investigating two incidents on Fourth of July in which two people were pepper sprayed by unidentified assailants.

It comes after one of the victims, Hamdia Dayib, described the attack in a Facebook post, saying she was in Spicer when she was approached by a "random guy" who asked her "weird questions about my hajib, religion."

She said she just ignored him, but a couple of minutes later he came back and "sprayed stuff on my eyes" before running away.

Dayib, who is a certified nursing assistant at a care center in Willmar, was in Spicer with a number of clients at the time. 

The attack happened around 10 a.m. near Mel's Sports Shop, a business in the area of Spicer's Fourth of July festivities.

The Kandiyohi County Sheriff's Office told FOX 9 the woman's symptoms were consistent with the use of mace or pepper spray.

The sheriff's office is also investigating a second reported pepper spray attack in Spicer on Fourth of July, one which KARE 11 reports targeted a Hispanic man. 

At this stage the incidents aren't believed to be connected.

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