Six people have been arrested for the “brutal” attack on a 17-year-old Kurdish boy in Croydon, a town south of London on Friday.
The six suspects – four men and two women – were arrested on suspicion of attempted murder on Saturday, reported the Independent.
The boy, whose identity has not been revealed, attained “serious head and facial injuries” after being chased by a group of eight people when they discovered he was an “asylum seeker” police sources said. The Kurdish boy from Iran is now in stable condition.
A detective leading the case in a press conference on Sunday said, “It is understood that the suspects asked the victim where he was from and when they established that he was an asylum seeker they chased him and launched a brutal attack.
“He has sustained serious head and facial injuries as a result of this attack, which included repeated blows to the head by a large group of attackers.
“A number of people came to the aid of the victim as he lay unconscious and injured following the assault.”
Gavin Barwell, MP for Croydon Central commented on the attack saying, “I think most people in Croydon will be as appalled as I am that what appears to have happened is a young man who came to this country seeking sanctuary has apparently been targeted because of his ethnic background.”