Rights group asks FBI to probe apparent bias attack on NY muslim

Monday, November 19, 2012
New York: The Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR) today called on the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) to investigate an apparently bias-motivated assault on a Queens man of Afghan heritage who was stabbed repeatedly outside a New York mosque by an attacker shouting anti-Muslim comments.

Bashar Mohammod, the 57-year-old victim, was attacked from behind while opening the Masjid Al-Saaliheen mosque for prayer on Sunday morning.

A friend of the victim reported that the alleged attacker said "he doesn't like Muslims."

"The FBI should add its resources to the investigation of this apparent hate crime, and state and national leaders should address the rising level of anti-Muslim bigotry that inevitably results in such disturbing incidents," said CAIR-NY Executive Director Muneer Awad in a news release.

According to local media, no arrests have been made in the case till now.
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