Two men have been charged in connection with an alleged assault involving around 15 men in what is believed to be a "revenge-style" attack for the terrorist atrocities in Paris. Mohammed Khalid, 53, was left with serious injuries to his eye after he was attacked while closing the Caspian Fast Food store in the Scottish town of Methil in Fife.
His wife also received minor injuries as she tried to help Mr Khalid during the attack around 1am on 15 November, a few hours after the spate of terrorist shootings in the French capital first occurred. The couple said the men also cited the Paris attacks during the assault and subjected them to racist abuse, reported STV.
Their daughter, Shama Khalid, wrote on Facebook in the wake of the attack: "This is so upsetting. I hope no one has to witness anything like this ever. My poor parents. They spent all their lives trying to protect us from things like this, only to become victims themselves.
"My dad was set upon by a mob of 15 young thugs as he tried to shield my mum and co-workers away [from the group] who had threatened to bash them. My dad was pummelled to the ground where he was repeatedly kicked, racially abused and stomped while my mum screamed at them to stop. This is not the first time incidents of racial hatred have occurred at the takeaway."
A Police Scotland spokesperson said: "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. Our investigation into this matter is ongoing as we seek to trace a number of youths who were at the scene.
"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."