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Elderly Sikh-American brutally assaulted in US, called 'bin Laden'

Chicago: An elderly Sikh-American man was brutally assaulted and left with severe facial injuries by an assailant who shouted racial slurs like "Bin Laden" and "terrorist," in an apparent hate crime case in Chicago just before the U.S. commemorates the anniversary of the September 11 attacks.

Inderjit Singh Mukker of Chicago was attacked on Sept 8 when the assailant pulled up to his car shouting racial slurs, including "Terrorist, go back to your country, Bin Laden!"

According to the information by the Sikh Coalition, a community-based organization, Mukker, who is a U.S. citizen and father of two, was on his way to a grocery store when he was repeatedly cut off by a driver.

He pulled over to the side of the road to let him pass but the driver instead pulled in front of his car and aggressively approached Mukker's vehicle.

The assailant repeatedly punched Mukker in the face, causing him to bleed profusely, and suffer a fractured cheekbone and a laceration to his cheek.

Mukker was taken to a nearby hospital where he received six stitches, treatment for bruising, lacerations and swelling. The suspect is in custody.

Sikh Coalition's legal director Harsimran Kaur said that Mukker was assaulted because of his religious appearance, race or national origin.