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Two more Indians attacked in Australia

Two Indians, including a cabbie, were attacked in separate incidents overnight in Brisbane, a day after Australian Prime Minister Kevin Rudd said that the assaults on Indians in the country were "regrettable".

india Updated: Jan 22, 2010 14:39 IST

Two Indians, including a cabbie, were attacked in separate incidents overnight in Brisbane, a day after Australian Prime Minister Kevin Rudd said that the assaults on Indians in the country were "regrettable".

A 25-year-old youth was assaulted and robbed while using a phone box near his home in Macgregor in Brisbane's south at about last night, police officials were quoted a saying by AAP.

The youth, whose identity was not disclosed, was punched in the head twice and his wallet stolen. Police were searching
for the attacker, described as being tall, of Pacific Islander appearance, with black curly hair, the report said.

In a separate incident, a taxi driver was attacked at about early this morning after an argument broke out with two
men in Carindale, in Brisbane's southeast.

The men punched the driver in the face several times and smashed the car's windscreen. The driver was taken to the
Princess Alexandra hospital for cuts to his face and swelling to his right eye.

Two men, aged 28 and 25, are helping police with their enquiries. Meanwhile, the government again stressed that there was no indication that the attacks were racially motivated. Acting Premier Andrew Fraser said he wants to assure Indian nationals that Australia is a safe place.