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Racists 'threatened to run down a two-year-old child and set fire to her family's house'

By Claire Williamson

Racists threatened to run down a two-year-old toddler and set fire to her family's house, a victim has revealed.

The 36-year-old man was attacked yards from his home in the Sliabh Dubh View area of west Belfast on Monday.

The Nigerian man was on his way to work when he said a "gang of four to six" shouted abuse and then assaulted him at 8.30pm.

As he passed the gang they told him to "go back to your country".

When he lifted his mobile phone to contact his wife he said the gang thought he was calling the police.

They said: "We're going to burn your house down. If we see you with your wee one, we're going to run you down."

The man tried to back away but he was attacked. He received hospital treatment including stitches to his upper lip.

"They hit me with a bottle on my head, my hand. I was really terrified because there were loads of them, punches everywhere."

Last night a 19-year-old man was arrested by police investigating the attack. Two men aged 25 and 32 were arrested and released on bail pending further inquiries.

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