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Immigrant aid worker beaten

An Afghan translator working for the Doctors of the World aid group in Athens was in the hospital yesterday with serious injuries after being attacked on Saturday by a group of around 20 people and «beaten senseless,» the organization said in a statement yesterday. The NGO said the attack on Qadir Hussaini was part of a «systematic pogrom» against immigrants in Aghios Panteleimonas, a district of Athens with a burgeoning immigrant population. «We are particularly concerned to see racist attacks from ‘enraged citizens’ multiply,» the group said in a statement. «Basically the message is that anyone out in the streets after 8 p.m. is in danger of being attacked,» the organization’s local chairman, Nikitas Kanakis, told private television channel Mega. In an interview with the Eleftherotypia daily published yesterday, Hussaini said he was struck on the head and body by a large group of assailants wielding crowbars and passed out.