man was attacked while walking with a nine-year-old girl in the
Bronx around 5:30 p.m. on Friday, according to the New York City
He was punched several times in the head, knocked down and
kicked, police said. The victim, whose name was not given, was
treated for injuries at a hospital and released.
He had been wearing a shalwar kameez, a traditional South Asian
outfit featuring a long tunic, the New York Times reported.
The attack comes amid increasing anxiety in the United States
over the threat posed by Islamic State, also known as ISIS,
which has claimed responsibility for militant attacks around the
A Muslim couple inspired by the group killed 14 people on Dec. 2
in San Bernardino, California, just weeks after gunmen linked to
Islamic State killed 130 people in Paris.
No one was immediately arrested in the New York assault, which
is under investigation by the police department's Hate Crime
Task Force, the agency said in a statement on Saturday.
(Reporting by Letitia Stein in Tampa, Fla.; Editing by Stephen
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