Muslim man in NYC attacked while walking niece home from school

FILE - In this Aug. 18, 2011 file photo, people walk below a New York Police Department security camera, upper left, which was placed next to a mosque on Fulton St. in the Brooklyn neighborhood of Bedford-Stuyvesant in New York. On Thursday, Jan. 7, 2016, a pair of civil rights lawyers and attorneys for New York City announced that two high-profile lawsuits accusing the New York Police Department of discriminating against Muslims with illegal surveillance have been settled. The civil rights lawyers said the deal requires the NYPD to modify guidelines to prohibit investigations based on race, religion or ethnicity. (AP Photo/Bebeto Matthews, File)

NEW YORK (AP) – A Muslim man attacked while walking his 9-year-old niece home from school says he was knocked unconscious on the sidewalk while the scared little girl wept.

Bangladesh native Mujibur Rahman said he was near the Bronx school at about 5:30 p.m. Friday when he was jumped from behind. The attackers yelled “ISIS, ISIS” while beating him, he told the New York Post ( ). He says he didn’t even understand what they were talking about.

Good Samaritans ran over to help him and called police. Rahaman said he was wearing traditional Islamic clothing when attacked and believes that’s why he was targeted.

The New York Police Department’s hate crimes unit is investigating the case. No arrests have been made.

Information from: New York Post,

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