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Student beaten in weekend attack

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A Bangladeshi student has been attacked outside his home on the Donegall Road in south Belfast.

Sazzadur Rahman was set upon by a group of up to 15 young people, who also subjected him to abuse, in the attack on Friday night.

He called the police following the incident, but it took officers over two-and-a-half hours to respond.

A police spokeswoman confirmed that Mr Raham was told that "all crews were busy".

She also said officers had met with the victim on Monday to "address his concerns and reassure him that officers will robustly be pursuing those responsible for the attack".

The spokeswoman also appealed for any witnesses to contact their nearest police station.

"Suddenly they started to punch and kick me - I fell on the road and then ran to another house," said Mr Rahman, describing the attack.

"I have been living in Europe for about six years and came to Northern Ireland two-and-half years ago, and this is first time in my life that I've heard this."

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