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Antigay Attacks Videotaped in San Francisco

Three Bay Area men charged with hate crimes for allegedly assaulting men whom they perceived to be gay on San Francisco streets had videotaped multiple attacks, law enforcement officials said Friday.

A spokesman for San Francisco district attorney Kamala Harris said police officers found the videotape in a suspect's car. The footage includes assailants laughing and shooting air rifles at an unidentified man on 16th Street near Guerrero Street, near the city's Castro neighborhood.

The 24-year-old suspects, Mohammad Habibzada, Shafiq Hashemi, and Sayed Bassam, all from nearby Hayward, Calif., have been charged with assault in the February 26 attack and are currently free on $50,000 bail, the San Francisco Chroniclereports.

All three men are due to appear in court April 8.

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