Taxi driver killing raises fears of racial motive

Detectives investigating the murder of an Asian taxi driver in Oldham, Greater Manchester, said yesterday that they were keeping an open mind on whether he was the victim of a race attack.

The fatal stabbing of Israr Hussain, a 42-year-old father of six, has caused fears in some sections of the community that there could have been a racial motive in a killing which may have followed a dispute over a fare.

But community leaders in the town, scene of riots last year and a stamping ground for the British National party, agreed with police that no one could be sure of a motive until the attacker had been arrested and charged.

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