LONDON: A 24-year-old Indian student in Germany was attacked by Islamic extremists who lacerated his tongue for allegedly refusing to convert to Islam.
Der Spiegel oline said the attack happened in Bonn on Christmas eve and the victim was treated at a local hospital for a lacerated tongue following the attack.
The Indian student was quoted as saying that he was approached by two men who asked him what his religion was before demanding that he convert to Islam. They called him an infidel and said his tongue would have to be cut out if he didn’t convert, Spiegel online said.
As the man tried to walk away, the two assailants attacked him from behind, the victim told police. A passerby happened across the bleeding victim and called an ambulance. He was treated at the hospital and then released.
The student said the attackers had long beards but no moustache, a style often preferred by Salafists.
It is not the first time this year that Bonn has hit the headlines as a result of possible Islamist activity. In May, a Salafist was arrested after stabbing two police officers during a counter-demonstration against a display of Muhammad caricatures by a local right-wing populist party.
Earlier this month, another member of the orthodox Muslim group threatened to take a hostage in order to force the perpetrator’s release from prison, Spiegel said.
Recently, a bag of explosives was also found on a platform in Bonn’s main train station in an apparent attempted bomb attack. While no charges have been filed in that case, clues reportedly lead to the Salafist community.