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Slashed Muslim taxi driver to visit NYC mayor

Slashed Muslim taxi driver to visit NYC mayor

Published August 26, 2010

NEW YORK – A Muslim taxi driver slashed in an attack blamed on an interfaith group volunteer is going to New York City Hall to meet the mayor.

Cabbie Ahmed Sharif says college student Michael Enright hailed his cab Tuesday and asked if he's Muslim. He says when he replied yes, Enright attacked him. He suffered a serious neck wound.

Enright volunteered with Intersections International, which promotes interfaith tolerance and has supported plans for a mosque near ground zero. Opponents of the mosque say it should be moved farther away from where Islamic extremists attacked on Sept. 11.

Mayor Michael Bloomberg supports the mosque project. He's invited the cabbie to visit City Hall on Thursday.

Enright is jailed on charges of attempted murder and assault as hate crimes. Defense attorney Jason Martin says Enright is an honors student who volunteered in Afghanistan.

Written by TOM HAYS, Associated Press Writer

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