Issue 284, Friday 28 December 2012 - 14 Safar 1434
USA: Elderly man savagely attacked for being Muslim
A granddad from New York was left in critical condition after he confirmed he was a Muslim to his attackers moments before he was savagely assaulted.
The incident started with a simple question and answer, but it ended with the72 year-old bloody and bruised from head to toe and left for dead.
Ali Akmal was brutally assaulted just before 5:30 am on Nov 24 as he went out for his early morning walk on 46 Avenue in Corona, Queens.
Akmal’s granddaughter, who wished to remain anonymous, said, “They pretty much tried to kill him, with their hands, their own bare hands and maybe a bat, too. But they pretty much had the mentality that ‘Yeah we have to kill this person.’”
Police said the suspects were seen on surveillance video running from the crime scene.
Akmal’s tongue was so badly swollen that he couldn’t talk for two days. When he finally could, he told police that when he first encountered the two men, they asked him, “Are you Muslim or Hindu?”
He responded “I’m Muslim,” and that’s when they attacked. Akmal was even bitten on the nose.
Akmal was out of intensive care but is struggling to walk or speak and is not always coherent, but his son-in-law said he’s lucky to be alive.
“He’d been beaten, head, back, knees, they tortured him. In every single joint they hit him,” the son-in-law said. Police said the suspects are both in their late teens or early 20s.