Source: Pakistan News Service
On July 16, 2003 the Pakistan News Service reported that "two Pakistanis were killed this week near Washington D.C. prompting concerns from an American Muslim group that the victims may have been targeted because of their race... The students were shot dead just outside of the capital by unidentified gunmen. While police say robbery could've been a motive, others say the incident should be classified as a hate crime... CAIR just released its eighth annual www.cair-net.org/asp/crr2003.asp">report on the status of American Muslim civil rights indicating that anti-Muslim incidents increased by 15 percent over the previous year. Numbers rose from 525 confirmed incidents in 2002 to 602 this year."