Migrants terrorized in drive-by attacks in Malta

A series of drive-by attacks at a popular meeting place in Malta has terrorized migrants over the last three weeks, according to witnesses and a local newspaper report.

Predominantly African migrants told the Times of Malta newspaper on Sunday they had been pelted with glass bottles and other items in the town of Marsa.

One of the victims reportedly needed medical treatment after a wine bottle was thrown at him as he stood on the sidewalk.

Abdirahman Khalif from Somalia told dpa that the attacks have been carried out by the same people and in the same style over recent weeks.

The attackers "patrol" the area at night, he said, driving round slowly with their lights off, before throwing objects out of a window at passers-by and speeding off.

Many claim the attacks are racially motivated and say that lighter-skinned North African and Middle Eastern people in the area have never been targeted.

The Mediterranean island reported a drastic reduction of migrants reaching it by sea in the last year.

There has been a spike in anti-foreigner attacks across Europe amid an unabated flow of asylum seekers trying to find refuge and a better life there.

Last update: Sun, 28/02/2016 - 15:02

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