A woman with a knife kicked a rabbi and tore off his kippah in a gruesome anti-Semitic attack.
The woman, believed to be about 50 years old, suddenly approached the rabbi before pulling the knife from her handbag in Vienna, Austria.
She then kicked him in the leg, knocked off his hat and snatched his kippah – a yarmulke worn by Orthodox Jewish men.
Police said the stranger had “insulted or threatened him anti-Semitic” and then fled the attack on Thursday afternoon.
A police search in the area failed to locate the woman and an agency investigating terrorist attacks has now taken over.
The rabbi said he was not injured in the attack, a press release from the police describing the incident said.
Interior Minister Karl Nehammer strongly condemned the act: “This attack is an attack on Jewish life in Vienna.
“In addition to the increased protection of the synagogues that has already been ordered, all measures are being taken to quickly clean up this clearly anti-Semitic attack.
“There is no tolerance for anti-Semitism – regardless of whether it is politically or religiously motivated.”
It comes just weeks after four people died in a terror attack on the eve of Austria’s new shutdown.
Kujtim Fejzulai, 20, went on a bloody disaster across Vienna that injured 22 people, including a police officer, before he was shot.
The Austrian and North Macedonian dual citizen was released from prison in December after being convicted of supporting Islamic State.
A man identified as Fejzulai was pictured with weapons on social media before the attack.
Austrian authorities believe Fejzulai was acting alone when he attacked six different locations within a small area full of nightlife.