Two Jewish brothers walking home from Yom Kippur services in Brooklyn were attacked on Wednesday afternoon, and police are investigating the incident as a potential hate crime.

Police say that shortly before 4 p.m. on Wednesday, two brothers, a 19-year-old and a 23-year-old, came across three men near East 66th Street and Strickland Avenue who started yelling "Jew" at them. When one of the brothers confronted the group, he was punched in the face, before the three men fled the scene.

According to the Daily News, the brothers were leaving a prayer service at the nearby Flatbush Park Jewish Center and were wearing yarmulkes and prayer shawls when they were mocked. The News also reported that both brothers were attacked, and then treated for injuries: the oldest had bruised ribs and a cut in his mouth, while the youngest had a cut lip and swollen eye.

A police spokesperson confirmed that the NYPD Hate Crimes Task Force is looking into the attack as a bias incident. The spokesperson also said all three attackers were in their 20s, with sources telling the News that one wore a white T-shirt, one wore a pink T-shirt and one wore a Pink Floyd T-shirt.

"This appalling act of apparently hate-inspired violence is a sad reminder that despite the unprecedented freedom of religious practice that Jews enjoy today in America, there remains much work to be done to combat the evils of anti-Semitism and bigotry, including right here at home in New York City," Evan R. Bernstein, the ADL New York Regional Director, wrote in an emailed statement.