CAIR offers $1,000 reward for info on assaulter of Muslim couple in Maryland

Maryland (IINA) - The Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR) offered a $1,000 reward for information leading to the arrest and conviction of the person who allegedly made derogatory remarks about Muslims before assaulting a man who he reportedly heard speaking Arabic with his wife.

Police say the alleged attack occurred in Rockville, Maryland, on Sunday as the man and his wife were speaking Arabic to each other while walking on a sidewalk. The man suffered minor injuries in the assault. The Montgomery County Police Department described the alleged attacker as a white man, about 37 to 43 years old, 5 feet 10 inches tall, with a muscular build. He was reportedly wearing a black vest over a white t-shirt and blue jeans. Police are investigating the incident as a hate crime.

"We hope offering this reward will lead to the arrest of the person who allegedly assaulted this couple solely because of their perceived faith," said CAIR Maryland Outreach Manager Dr Zainab Chaudry. "This alleged assault comes at a time of increasing attacks on American Muslims and members of other minority groups in Maryland and across the country."

CAIR has noted an unprecedented spike in hate incidents targeting Muslims and other minority groups since the November 8 election. A recent CAIR update on anti-Muslim incidents in the second quarter (April-June) of 2017 indicated that the number of hate crimes in the first half of 2017 spiked 91 percent compared to the same period in 2016

CAIR is America's largest Muslim civil liberties and advocacy organisation. Its mission is to enhance the understanding of Islam, encourage dialogue, protect civil liberties, empower American Muslims, and build coalitions that promote justice and mutual understanding.

Source: International Islamic News Agency