Muslim cab driver stabbed in New York
A drunk upstate filmmaker who had recently returned from Afghanistan where he was filming the Marines took his anger out on a cabbie – asking the driver if he was a Muslim before brutally attacking him with a knife, police said.
The attack occurred at about 6 p.m. Tuesday after Michael Enright, 21, of Brewster, hailed a yellow cab at the corner of 24th Street and Second Avenue, police said.
While the two engaged in a conversation, Enright asked the driver, Sharif Ahmed, “Are you Muslim?” Ahmed, 43, responded, “Yes,” according to police.
At one point, Enright greeted Ahmed by saying, “Al salaam aalaykum” – the Arabic greeting meaning, “Peace upon you.” Ahmed replied, “Wa alaikum salaam” – meaning, “And on you be peace!”
“Then, he asked me how my Ramadan was going,” Ahmed told The Post in an interview this afternoon, adding that Enright had a sarcastic tone.
As the cab neared east 41st Street, about a block away from Enright’s destination at 42nd Street and Third Avenue, he barked, “This is the checkpoint motherf—er. I have to f— you up this time,” police said. That’s when Enright allegedly pulled out a silver-colored folding knife and slashed Ahmed in the throat, arm and face through the taxicab partition.
Ahmed was briefly able to lock the man inside the cab, but Enright was able to open the door and run off.