Mariam Moustafa, an 18-year-old engineering student at Nottingham College, was “punched several times” on Parliament Street in Nottingham, according to the Nottinghamshire Police. After being punched, the student was followed on to a bus where the attack continued.
The attack has led to speculation over the motivation of the attackers and whether Mariam Moustafa’s ethnic background was a contributing factor. The BBC reports that “Egypt’s prosecutor-general has requested information about the probe into her death by British officials […] The Egyptian Embassy said it had been “closely following” the circumstances of the “vicious attack” and had “expressed the need for those responsible to be brought to justice swiftly” with UK authorities.” As of now, the Nottinghamshire Police has not found any reason to believe the attack was racially motivated. The police force is keeping an open mind to the possibility, despite admitting that some of the online “posts and discussions suggest that the assault was motivated by hate […]”.
According to the BBC, Mariam Moustafa’s younger sister, Mallak Moustafa, has said:
“We thought England would be our future, be an engineer one day, anything we wanted to be, that’s why my dad brought us to England. But it seems like it has actually ruined us, we didn’t think England was like that.”
According to the Guardian, Mariam Moustafa’s father has said:
“It’s been nearly 20 days and the girls who were involved in the assault haven’t been arrested […] The British police haven’t given me any details about what happened nor has the hospital provided us a single report.”
In a manifestation of support, the Egyptian Embassy in London has sent its counsel general and medical counsel to the family of the victim.