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Man charged with attempted murder in hate crime outside Flushing mosque

| mhayes@queenscourier.com

THE COURIER/Photo by Maggie Hayes

A November hate crime case has been cracked and a Forest Hills man charged with attempted murder.

Late last year, Bashir Ahmad, a devout Muslim from Afghanistan, was attacked and repeatedly stabbed outside of his local mosque, Masjid Al-Saaliheen in Flushing. Bernhard Laufer was arrested and charged in connection with the incident.

“He hit me six times,” Ahmad said in November.

He said his attacker was yelling, “You’re a Muslim motherf—–, I’ll kill you.”

Ahmad was opening the mosque’s doors for morning prayers, as he had done every day for the past 12 years, when Laufer attacked.

“Crimes fueled by hate will not be tolerated here in Queens County, the most diverse county in the nation,” said District Attorney Richard A. Brown.

Ahmad said Laufer came up from behind him and began stabbing him on his shoulder and then on top of his head.

When Ahmad turned around and attempted to restrain him, Laufer bit Ahmad on his nose and stabbed him in his right leg. Ahmad also suffered a laceration just above his right eye and a slash to his right thumb. He tried to defend himself by biting Laufer’s finger.

Ahmad put his arms up to protect himself and Laufer continued to stab him in the body, causing bleeding, lacerations, bruising and swelling to his hands, head, legs and back, said Brown.

The 57-year-old victim said Laufer was not attacking him personally, but the Muslim faith as a whole.
“His problem [is not with me], his problem is [with] Muslims,” he alleged.

Laufer is charged with attempted second-degree murder as a hate crime, second-degree assault as a hate crime, attempted first-degree assault as a hate crime, attempted second-degree murder, second-degree assault and attempted first-degree assault.

If convicted, he faces a minimum of eight years and maximum of 25 years in prison.



Shameful act

By Queens Courier Staff | editorial@queenscourier.com

How – and why – in 2012 would someone do something so heinous?

Bashir Ahmad was just minding his business, opening up his local mosque, when a cruel and heartless attacker jumped him from behind, leaving the innocent man with staples in his leg and stitches in his thumb, forehead, the top of his head and back.

Cops are now investigating the incident as a hate crime.

To his credit, Ahmad has not let his faith be shaken, and has even expressed forgiveness toward his attacker.

And to whoever did this, we say, TURN YOURSELF IN. You have a lot to learn about tolerance, equality and true religion.