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A 59-year-old Vancouver man says he was a target of racial hatred when a man on a bus yelled racial profanities and punched him.

Qasimali Baig was returning home Wednesday from a mosque just before 8 p.m. The travel agent was wearing his usual Islamic robes with a cap. As soon as he got on the bus, a man he described as tall with a strong build got off his seat from the back of the bus, called him "bin Laden" - referring to the al-Qaeda leader - and within a few seconds, hit him.

The bus driver quickly stopped the bus and called his supervisor, but the perpetrator took off.

Vancouver Police are investigating a hate crime with similar circumstances but wouldn't say if the victim is Mr. Baig.

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