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A wreath stands as a memorial for two bystanders killed trying to stop a man yelling anti-Muslim slurs and acting aggressively towards two young women (AP Photo/Gillian Flaccus)

A wreath stands as a memorial for two bystanders killed trying to stop a man yelling anti-Muslim slurs and acting aggressively towards two young women (AP Photo/Gillian Flaccus)

Jeremy Joseph Christian, the suspect in the probe into the fatal stabbing of two people (Multnomah County Sheriff's Office via AP)

Jeremy Joseph Christian, the suspect in the probe into the fatal stabbing of two people (Multnomah County Sheriff's Office via AP)

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A wreath stands as a memorial for two bystanders killed trying to stop a man yelling anti-Muslim slurs and acting aggressively towards two young women (AP Photo/Gillian Flaccus)

US president Donald Trump has condemned the fatal stabbing of two Good Samaritans who tried to aid two young Muslim women as a self-declared white supremacist harassed them in Portland, Oregon.

Mr Trump tweeted: "The violent attacks in Portland on Friday are unacceptable. The victims were standing up to hate and intolerance. Our prayers are w/ them."

The attacks happened on a light rail train on the first day of Ramadan, the holiest time of year for Muslims.

Police identified the dead as 53-year-old Ricky John Best of Happy Valley, Oregon, and 23-year-old Taliesin Myrddin Namkai Meche of Portland.

Mayor Ted Wheeler said Mr Best was an Army veteran and a city employee.

Police arrested Jeremy Joseph Christian in connection with the killings and said they are examining his extremist ideology.

AP

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