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Girl, 12, sexually assaulted at Sydney park, Eid festival

  • A 12-year-old girl has told police she was sexually assaulted by up to five teens 
  • The girl was allegedly attacked in bushland near Progress Park in Sydney’s west 
  • She was walking to Islamic Eid festival, which was being celebrated at the park
  • Detectives investigating up to five boys allegedly involved in group sex with girl 

A 12-year-old girl has told police she was sexually assaulted by a group of teenage boys in bushland, while an Islamic festival was in full swing across the road.

The girl was on her way to Progress Park in Auburn, Sydney’s west, when she claims she was assaulted by up to five teenage boys in bushland adjacent to the park on September 9.

Eid festival, a religious celebration for Muslims, was being celebrated at Progress Park when the assault allegedly happened.

A 12-year-old girl has told police she was sexually assaulted by a group of teenage boys in bushland, while an Islamic festival was in full swing across the road (stock) 

The Eid festival attracted hundreds of people to the western Sydney park on September 9. 

Eid al-Adha commemorates Ibrahim’s willingness to sacrifice his son to God. It is also known as the Feast of Sacrifice or the Festival of Sacrifice.  

The 12-year-old reported the alleged assault to a family member when she emerged from the bushland. 

She was taken to hospital for an examination, afterwhich the police became involved. 

A joint strike force was set up to investigate the girl’s claims, led by the Child Abuse Response Team and the Sex Crimes Squad. 

Detectives are investigating up to five boys who were allegedly involved in group sex with the girl.

The girl was on her way to Progress Park (pictured) in Auburn, Sydney's west, when she claims she was assaulted by up to five teenage boys in bushland adjacent to the park on September 9

The girl was on her way to Progress Park (pictured) in Auburn, Sydney’s west, when she claims she was assaulted by up to five teenage boys in bushland adjacent to the park on September 9

The festival, which marks the end of Ramadan, attracted hundreds of people to the western Sydney park on September 9

The festival, which marks the end of Ramadan, attracted hundreds of people to the western Sydney park on September 9

The suspects range in age from their early to mid-teens, some of whom are related to ‘well-known crime families’ in Sydney’s south-west, The Daily Telegraph reported. 

New South Wales police media said the investigation was ongoing. 

The police urged anyone with information that might assist officers with their investigation to phone Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000.  

The girl told police the sexual assault happened in bushland adjacent to Progress Park where Eid festival (pictured) was being celebrated 

The girl told police the sexual assault happened in bushland adjacent to Progress Park where Eid festival (pictured) was being celebrated 

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