Cab driver says he was attacked for being Muslim

A cab driver working in the Bronx says he was attacked Saturday by someone who screamed death threats and derided his Muslim faith, and a group of activists and local leaders rallied outside his house Monday in a show of support.



Sirajul Islam Khan, who still had visible bruises on his face Monday, says he picked up a customer at Bedford Park and Webster Avenue around 8:30 p.m. Saturday.



Kahn, a Muslim man from Bangladesh who has lived in the Bronx for 20 years, says he dropped the passenger off at 187th Street. The fare came to $9.



Khan says he took out a wad of cash to make change, and the passenger attacked him and stole around $200.



Khan says he got out of the car to escape the attack, but his attacker also got out and threw him to the ground and continued beating him while shouting that he would kill him for being Muslim.



Khan's family says that if he goes back to work -- he hasn't decided yet -- he'll install a surveillance camera and partition in his car.


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