CHICAGO — A young black woman in the US state of Louisiana apparently staged a racist attack in which she told police that three men set her ablaze and scrawled KKK on her car, officials said Tuesday.


"The wounds were self-inflicted," Kyle Hanrahan, a spokesman for the FBI's Louisiana bureau, told AFP.

Sharmeka Moffitt, 20, was seriously burned in the incident and remains in critical condition.

She called police from a park in the town of Winnsboro on Sunday night and told them three men in white hoodies doused her with a flammable liquid and ignited it.

The letters KKK, for the white supremacist organization Ku Klux Klan, and a racial slur were scrawled on her car in what appeared to be toothpaste.

The FBI was called in to assist local authorities because the incident was initially considered a possible hate crime.