Police are appealing for information following a serious assault in the Duke Street area last night, Sunday, April 5.
The incident was reported that at around 10.30pm.
A PSNI spokesman said that a woman in her 20s was walking through the subway tunnel in Duke Street, beside the railway station, when she was approached by four people, two males and two females also aged in their 20s.
The PSNI spokesman said: “One of the males in the group asked the woman for a cigarette and when she declined he punched her in the face and began shouting sectarian abuse at her.
“A female from the group walked up to the woman and sliced her face with some type of weapon.
“The group then made off. The woman was treated in hospital for a large cut and bruising to her face.”
The female offender is described as being approximately 20-years-old, with long blonde curly hair, wearing a yellow top, denim leggings and fluorescent coloured footwear.
Police are treating this incident as a hate crime and anyone who witnessed the assault or anyone with any information is asked to contact Strand Road Police Station on the non-emergency number 101.
Information can also be passed anonymously via the independent charity Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.