The NYPD is investigating the stabbing of a Muslim man outside of Masjid Saaliheen in Queens, New York as a possible hate crime.
Police are investigating a stabbing and biting of a man outside a mosque in Queens early Sunday morning as possible hate crime.
Authorities say the attack took place at the Masjid Al-Saaliheen Mosque on Kissena Boulevard in Flushing around 5:00 a.m.
Bashir Ahmad, 57, was walking up the steps to open the front door for morning prayers when he was approached from behind.
He was stabbed several times in the back as he opened the door.
Ahmad says the attacker yelled anti-Muslim slurs and then bit him in the nose.
Ahmad, was taken to Queens General Hospital where he was treated and released.
The NYPD described the assailant as a white man in his 40s, approximately 35-45 years old, 6’0″ and weighing approximately 180 pounds. He has blue eyes and a light complexion.
Police ask anyone with information regarding this incident is asked to call Crime Stoppers at 1-800-577-TIPS (8477).
UPDATE: Police Release Sketch Of Suspect Wanted For Attack Outside Queens Mosque via. CBSNews