BOSTON (MyFoxBoston.com) – The nation's largest Muslim civil rights and advocacy organization is urging Massachusetts and federal law enforcement authorities to bring hate crime charges against two suspects who allegedly verbally and physically assaulted a Muslim student in Boston.
The Council on American-Islamic Relations said the alleged victim, a 23-year-old American citizen of Algerian heritage, was assaulted by two white males Saturday evening as he left a Boston restaurant.
The suspects reportedly told the victim "you look like Tamerlan," referring to deceased Boston bombing suspect Tamerlan Tsarnaev. According to CAIR, the suspects also told the victim to "get out of my country."
The victim suffered cuts and bruises while trying to defend himself, CAIR said.
The Boston Police Dept. said the suspects have been identified, but have not been arrested.
CAIR recently asked prosecutors in Virginia to bring felony charges for an alleged assault on a Muslim U.S. Army reservist and Iraq veteran reportedly attacked by a passenger who compared him to those who carried out the Boston Marathon bombings and threatened to kill him.
Several other bias-motivated incidents targeting Muslims may have been linked to the Boston bombings.