Egyptian man brutally assaulted in Crete

A 25-year-old Egyptian man had to undergo life-saving surgery and have a kidney removed after being brutally assaulted by two men in Hania, Crete, in the early hours of Tuesday, the state-run Athens-Macedonia News Agency reported.

The 25-year-old was walking on Talos Square in the old town of Hania when he was jumped by two men wielding wooden sticks and a crowbar, according to reports. He was beaten viciously for several minutes before the perpetrators ran off, sustaining life-threatening injuries.

Police are investigating the attack, which comes just days after two homeless Algerian men were attacked and beaten in the same town on Saturday night.

Migrant rights groups have condemned the attacks, which they believe to have been racially motivated. 

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