Iraqi man who attacked Emirati driver in London: ‘I’m crazy and proud of it’

On social media, Basim identifies himself as a “crazy young man and very proud of it.” (Social media)

An Iraqi man has been charged with assault and criminal damage after an Emirati driver was attacked and a luxury car was vandalized with "war" slogans in London.

Adnan Musa Basim, 24, faced magistrates on Monday after his arrest on Saturday, according to British media reports.

A video circulated on social media of an Emirati man, named Abdullah al-Hosani, being assaulted while in his Mercedes G-class SUV.

The video shows a man wearing army-patterned pants and a hoodie quickly walking over to the car, and grabbing Hosani out through the window of the driver’s seat where he was sitting while repeatedly punching him on the head.

The same masked assailant was vandalizing Hosani’s other car which was parked on the side of the road moments before the violent attack, writing on the hood and trunk of the other white Mercedes ‘WAR’.

On social media, Basim identifies himself as a “crazy young man and very proud of it.”

He writes on his Instagram that he is “private and nice but you don’t like the hulk when he’s angry” and that he tries “to inspire the lost and crazy people.”

Hosani told the Emarat al-Youm website that the attacker threatened to kill him, saying: “I will slaughter you.”

“I looked at him in surprise, and then grabbed him as I was sitting in my seat, after which he continuously hit me using the spray can that he had in his hand,” Hosani said.

Hosani said that he had no idea what the motive behind the attack was, but that he thinks it is related to racism.

Hosani, who teaches business administration at a university in London, said that two Lebanese men who worked at a nearby restaurant rushed to his rescue and surrounded the attacker until the police came.

He added that this is not the first incident of cars belonging to Gulf nationals being vandalized. He told the news site that on the same morning of the incident, he saw a vandalized Maybach that belonged to a Saudi man.

Following the attack, and after the video was shared several times on Twitter, Hosani took to social media to assure people that he was fine, and only suffered a few scratches on his head.
 

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Last Update: Wednesday, 20 May 2020 KSA 09:52 - GMT 06:52
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