A hairdresser's owned by a Pakistani man in the northern Athenian suburb of Metamorfosi was torched on Monday night after the proprietor was seen arguing with two men, while police on Tuesday were looking to question a customer who was injured when he allegedly tried to stop the altercation.
Witnesses, according to Skai Television, told police that the Pakistani proprietor of Noor's Hair Salon was seen arguing loudly with two white men, when a customer stepped in to defend the owner and was attacked by the two men.
They subsequently poured gasoline onto the floor of the shop and set it alight, making off before the police and ambulance service could arrive at the scene.
The injured man, who was stabbed in the shoulder, was being treated at an Athens hospital on Tuesday, while authorities were examining the possibility that the attack was racially motivated and was aimed at terrorizing the Pakistani proprietor to move his business elsewhere. According to some reports, witnesses told police that he had received threats in the past.