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Scottish Man Hospitalised After He And His Wife Were "Racially" Attacked Outside His Restaurant

Mohammed Khalil's daughter told BuzzFeed News her family had worked in Fife for 25 years and had "never dealt with anything like this".

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A Scottish father is recovering in hospital after he and his wife were attacked outside his takeaway restaurant in Fife, Scotland.

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Mohammed Khalid, 53, was closing the Caspian Fast Food restaurant in Methil, Fife, in the early hours on Sunday morning with his wife when he was set upon by a group of 15 men, his family say.

According to the family, the men also taunted Khalid and his wife with racist abuse, including anti-Muslim slurs about ISIS in relation to last week's terrorist attacks in Paris.

Khalid's wife sustained only minor injuries, but he received serious injury to his eye and he was admitted to hospital. Police are still attempting to identify the attackers.

Khalid's daughter, Shama, uploaded CCTV footage from outside of the shop on Monday, in the hope of identifying some of the attackers.

She told BuzzFeed News: "My parents have lived and worked in Methil for over 25 years and have never dealt with anything like this.

"Mum was saying that we have been here long before these boys were even born. Dad is a well known member of the community, and is very much respected. They are still recovering from the shock of the incident, it's difficult to see them upset that this happened in a place they spent most their lives."

The incident comes as British Islamic organisations warn of the risks of reprisal attacks and harassment toward British Muslims as a result of last week's terrorist attacks in Paris.

In a statement, a Police Scotland spokesperson said it was investigating the incident, saying:

"We are currently investigating a disturbance at a takeaway in Methil, which took place in the early hours of November 15. The incident happened at around 1am at a premises on Wellesley Road. As a result of our inquiry two men aged 35 and 17, have been charged and a report will be sent to the procurator fiscal."

The statement adds: "Anyone who has information that can assist with our inquiry is asked to contact police immediately on 101 or alternatively the charity Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111."

Hussein Kesvani is a reporter for BuzzFeed News and is based in London.

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