David Ford said: “This is a deeply worrying incident. It appears that police are investigating a racist motive as one of their lines of inquiry.
“I hope that the victims recovery quickly and want to let them know that people are thinking about them. Figures for hate crimes in Antrim have been decreasing recently and I would hope that they would cease altogether in the area.
“The wider community is appalled at this attack and the possibility of any racist motive for it.”