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Carteret probing 2 attacks on Sikhs

October 31, 2008 7:11:36 AM PDT
Two attacks against members of Carteret's Sikh community are being probed as possible bias incidents. Police say the first involved a 10-year-old boy who had his turban ripped off and his hair cut as he walked home from school Oct. 8. The fifth-grader said his attacker wore a black mask and threw him down.

The second involved a 67-year-old man attacked early Monday as he walked in Carteret Park. Authorities say a man knocked the victim down and kicked him in the face, causing cuts and bruising around his eye, but didn't demand cash and walked away after the assault.

Sikh men are required by their religion to cover their hair, which they are prohibited from cutting because it is considered a gift from God.

Carteret's population of 22,000 includes an estimated 1,000 Sikhs.

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