A nursery worker has been slashed during an attack by three women who shouted “Allah”, her colleague has said.
The woman was set upon as she travelled to work at a nursery in Wanstead, north east London.
The colleague, who did not want to be named, said the victim had “three Asian girls behind her chanting the Koran, ‘Allah'”.
She added: “They pulled her to the ground, punched her, kicked her. One of them pulled out a knife and cut her arm from her wrist to her elbow.
“The police turned up, the ambulance cleaned her wounds up.”
Karrien Stevens, who runs the Little Diamonds nursery, said the attackers slashed her arm before running off down the street.
Police are not treating it as a terror incident.
A parent of a child at the nearby Wanstead Church School said pupils were taken inside where they were kept secure.
The school sent a text to parents that read: ‘Due to a reported incident on Wanstead High St, we are keeping children in the building. They are safe and secure. 3.15pm pick up as usual unless we advise further.’
A Metropolitan Police spokesman said they were called at 9:36am on Wednesday to reports of an assault in Hermon Hill.
He said: “Officers and London Ambulance Service attended and found a woman, aged in her 30s, with a slash wound. Her injuries are not life-threatening.
“She has been taken to an east London hospital as a precaution.
“The suspects fled the scene prior to police arrival in an unknown direction.
“No arrests have been made. Enquiries continue.”