Muslim Woman Reports Attack Near Ohio Mosque

By Andrew Welsh-Huggins | December 21, 2010 | 5:24 PM EST

Columbus, Ohio (AP) - A Muslim group says a woman reported being attacked with pepper spray outside an Ohio mosque and that the attacker told her to leave the country.

Columbus police Sgt. Richard Weiner says officers interviewed the woman Tuesday morning.

Meanwhile, the FBI says it will likely open a civil rights investigation. FBI spokesman Mike Brooks says the results would be turned over to prosecutors for possible charges.

The Columbus chapter of the Council on American-Islamic Relations, or CAIR, says a mosque security camera recorded the assault.

The group says someone followed the woman to the mosque Monday, harassed her and then attacked her with pepper spray. CAIR says the attacker also threatened to kill her and told her to leave the country.