Fears grow of ‘retaliatory’ race hate attacks in the wake of the Manchester terrorist attacks as arsonists try to burn down Mosque in Greater Manchester.
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The Jamia Qasmia Zahidia Islamic Centre was targeted by arsonists around 2am this morning but luckily survived any serious damage being done.
The door at the Mosque was set alight by the arsonists after throwing an object through the letter box but a member of the public spotted the fire and called the fire brigade minimising the damage that was done.
The Imam of the Mosque, Mohammad Saddiq, 60, told the Daily Mail: ‘Last night at around 2am somebody has started a fire through our letterbox. The door is completely burnt down.
‘Very soon after a member of the public was walking past and called the fire brigade. Thankfully nobody was inside at the time.
‘We have no idea why somebody would target us. We are a religious and educational centre. I’ve been involved her for three years and never dealt with anything like this.
‘People are upset. The police are looking at CCTV and investigators were here this morning. We’ll definitely need a new door.
‘There’s a possibility that it’s a retaliation to what happened in Manchester last night but we can’t confirm that.
‘It’s sad to see more misery in Manchester. What happened last night was terrible but this is not the way to respond.’
Police are now combing CCTV and are looking into the possibility it could be a race hate crime in retaliation to last night’s tragedy.
In another incident police were called to Glasgow’s Central Mosque after the building’s outside wall was vandalised with a vile graffiti featuring the word ‘ISIS’ enclosed in a love heart.
A spokesman for Glasgow City Council said: ‘We became aware of the graffiti this morning and sent a team to remove it immediately.