By AUSTRALIA ASSOCIATED PRESS

West Australian police are hunting a man who had a swastika painted on his head when he allegedly attacked a woman with a makeshift flamethrower.

Police say the 40-year-old woman and her teenage daughter were approached by the man in the southeast Perth suburb of Gosnells on Saturday night.

They say he yelled racial obscenities at the woman before attempting to burn her with a makeshift flamethrower made using a can of deodorant and a lighter. The woman sustained minor injuries.

WA Police want to speak with the man who is described as fair-skinned, about 40 years old and 175cm tall. He had a white swastika painted on his forehead at the time of the attack.

West Australian police are hunting for a man who had a swastika painted on his head when he allegedly attacked a woman with a flamethrower

“We are treating this cowardly and random attack on a woman and her child, doing nothing more than walking to the shops in the early evening, very seriously,” Det Sen Sgt Sean Bell said on Tuesday.

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