- The Washington Times - Monday, June 20, 2016

A 14-year-old boy was charged with a hate crime on Monday after he attacked a Muslim man outside a mosque in Queens, New York, police said.

Police said the boy admitted to investigators that he and his friends were playing the “knockout game,” where youths try to exhibit their machismo by attempting to knock out an unsuspecting stranger with one punch.

The boy and two others attacked 59-year-old Mohamed Rasheed Khan as he left the Center for Islamic Studies on June 1, police said, the New York Daily News reported.

Mr. Khan suffered facial fractures, fractured ribs and a concussion, according to the Council on American-Islamic Relations’ New York chapter. The group said Mr. Khan has remained in the hospital since the attack and is expected to undergo surgery on Monday.

Mr. Khan was wearing traditional Islamic clothing when he was attacked, and the suspects were reportedly seen laughing as they fled, CAIR said. Nothing was stolen from Mr. Khan, the group said.

The two other teens were still being sought.

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