Police were hunting for three men who reportedly branded a swastika into the forehead of an Iranian after he stopped to help them push their stalled van.
“He was hit on the forehead with something, we don’t know what,” said Hans Plat, police spokesman in Zoetermeer, a western Dutch city. “He didn’t discover the swastika until he looked in the mirror at home.”
Police say the wound may have been inflicted with something similar to a cattle branding iron.
The 53-year-old victim said he was also subjected to racist taunts and had his jacket slashed, police said.
The victim’s identity was withheld, but police said he was a resident of the Netherlands and not one of the tens of thousands of asylum-seekers who have streamed into the country.