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Nun attacked in front of Buddhist temple in Washington

A squatter is being accused in the attack of a nun in front of a Buddhist temple in Tacoma, Washington, reports The News Tribune.

Authorities say a woman attacked 67-year-old Ngunuon Huon at Khmer Theravadin Buddhist Temple last month. Doctors treated her for breathing difficulties, but released her the same day.

An 80-year old man who came to her aid suffered minor injuries.

Police told KOMO News they arrested a 53-year-old woman on a felony assault charge and are looking for a male suspect.

“I feel these people are very violent,” said Huon, who is Cambodian, “When they punched me, I fell to the ground and think I fainted for a little bit and prayed to Buddha to help me.”

The temple blames a group of people who have been squatting at the temple for several weeks for the attack.

The temple also accuses the same group of people for vandalizing the property.

“Downstairs is where these bad people who are trespassing and using our temple’s water, electricity and bothering our elders without our permission.” Chea Poeuv, a legal temple resident, told the News Tribune.

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