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US woman staged racist attack: FBI

2012-10-24 09:00

Chicago - A young black woman in the US state of Louisiana apparently staged a racist attack in which she told police that three men set her ablaze and scrawled KKK on her car, officials said on Tuesday.

"The wounds were self-inflicted," Kyle Hanrahan, a spokesperson for the FBI's Louisiana bureau, said.

Sharmeka Moffitt, aged 20, was seriously burned in the incident and remains in critical condition.

She called police from a park in the town of Winnsboro on Sunday night and told them three men in white hoodies doused her with a flammable liquid and ignited it.

The letters KKK, for the white supremacist organisation Ku Klux Klan, and a racial slur were scrawled on her car in what appeared to be toothpaste.

The FBI was called in to assist local authorities because the incident was initially considered a possible hate crime.

Comments
  • fidel.mgoqi - 2012-10-24 09:27

    I wonder what her motive would have been. Mr journalist do your jobs and stop being a government mouth piece! In the age of the 24 hour news cycle people will only remember it being reported that it was a hate crime.

      bradley.kecskes - 2012-10-24 09:40

      Who knows...Insurance claim?

      fidel.mgoqi - 2012-10-24 10:20

      richard, I'm unable to return a suitable reply without sounding as if I'm trying to get into the gutter alongside you!

      tom.guy.37669528 - 2012-10-24 10:28

      Fidel I disagree. She could have been depressed and longing for attention. People do strange things for attention. What better way to get it than douse yourself in flames and call it a hate crime. Just a thought, people are strange..

      fidel.mgoqi - 2012-10-24 10:58

      What are you disagreeing with Tom, am bit confused?

      tom.guy.37669528 - 2012-10-24 18:28

      Ohh I misinterpreted your comment, my mistake.

  • dewalds3 - 2012-10-24 10:01

    Not pasted on the main page like the original story, NEWS24?

  • Shaun Daly - 2012-10-24 10:06

    Total POS

  • dewalds3 - 2012-10-24 14:36

    Thank you News24 - that is more responsible, balanced reporting!

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