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Internet Debates Image Taken In Wake Of London Attack (Photo)

| by Michael Howard

Social media users are fighting with each other over an image depicting a Muslim woman walking by a victim of the London terrorist attack while looking down at her phone.

In the photo, a woman wearing a tan headscarf and a gray coat walks past a small group of people who are attending to a victim lying on the ground. At first glance, it appears that the woman is unaffected by the scene.

Hours after the attack, someone going by the name Texas Lone Star uploaded the image to Twitter and blasted the woman for her alleged indifference.

"Muslim woman pays no mind to the terror attack, casually walks by a dying man while checking phone," he wrote underneath the photo, according to the Daily Mail. Accompanying his tweet were the following hashtags: "#PrayForLondon #Westminster #BanIslam."

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Texas Lone Star's comment met with backlash from other Twitter users, who accused him of misrepresenting the picture in question.

"You have no idea what is happening in this picture and [you are] deciding to make your own context," one woman wrote.

"You are a complete embarrassing mess of a person," another told him. "Kindly crawl back to the pond you came out of. Stupidity embodied."

"She looks terrified," wrote a third. "Which she would be, most likely being British and bang in the middle of a terror attack."

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In a magnified version of the image, the Muslim woman does appear to have a painful expression on her face, lending credibility to the last comment.

Nevertheless, Texas Lone Star's tweet was retweeted over 1,600 times and liked more than 1,800 times, illustrating the divide that exists over the issues of terrorism and Islam.

CNN reports that ISIS has taken credit for the attack, which killed three people and injured 40 others. Prime Minister Theresa May said the attacker -- who slammed into dozens of people with his car and stabbed a police officer before being shot -- was born in Britain and had previously been investigated by security services for potential ties to jihadism.

Police have so far arrested eight people following a number of raids around the country.

"Yesterday an act of terrorism tried to silence our democracy," May said in a speech. "But today we meet as normal -- as generations have done before us, and as future generations will continue to do -- to deliver a simple message: we are not afraid. And our resolve will never waiver in the face of terrorism."

Sources: Daily Mail, Texas Lone Star/Twitter, CNN / Photo credit: Jamie Lorriman via Daily Mail

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