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Police: Attacks on Muslims not hate crimes

SHERRYLYN CLARKE, [email protected]

Police: Attacks on Muslims not hate crimes

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Two attacks on members of the Muslim community on Sunday were not hate crimes, say authorities.
One man was attacked in the driveway of his home in Barbarees Gardens, St Michael, as he was returning from the mosque. The man, who was beaten up, received medical treatment. His assailant escaped.
Later around midnight, a couple in Welches, St Michael, were beaten and slashed and also had to seek medical treatment. The two were treated and released from the Queen Elizabeth Hospital.
Sulieman Bulbulia, a spokesman for the Muslim community, confirmed there had been two separate attacks on members but dismissed talk that the victims were targeted because of religion.
“At this particular time we are concerned about the attacks but we are not saying these were targeted because they are Muslim. We would like them to look after their security,” he added.
One of those injured was the imam of the mosque in Kensington New Road, St Michael.
A senior police officer said the incidents were separate and there was no religious motivation behind them as suggested by some reports. (AC)