A 17-year-old has been arrested after a 31-year-old man was attacked with a knife as he was praying at the Dar Alarqam Doha Mosque in Great Horton, Bradford, on Saturday.
The 31-year-year old suffered ‘minor’ injuries to the face and arm and the teenage attacker was disarmed and detained by other members of the congregation before police arrived.
Video footage of the incident was posted on several social media pages claiming the attacker to have been a ‘European man’ who had previously said he was ‘gonna come back and kill everyone’.
This has since been rubbished by the Mosque who said both the attacker and the victim were both Muslim and the likely cause was ‘mental instability’.
The Mosque issued a statement that read: “At 4:05pm, during Asr prayers at the mosque, an individual from the congregation was attacked, sustaining moderate injuries.
“The relevant authorities were contacted immediately.
“The attacker was apprehended until the arrival of the police, who will now deal with the matter.
“We want to make it clear that this attack was not motivated by racial prejudice or islamophobia, as both the victim and perpetrator are both Muslims.
“Primary investigations have shown that a mental instability may have been the reason for this attack.
“The victim is in good health and we wish him a complete and speedy recovery.
A spokesman for West Yorkshire Police said this morning: “Police are investigating an incident at the Dar Alarqam Doha Mosque in Bradford shortly after 4pm on Saturday, March 25.
“A 31 year-old man was attacked with a knife by a 17 year-old male, who also attends the mosque.
“The victim received minor injuries and the suspect was disarmed and detained by other members of the congregation.
“The suspect was arrested on suspicion of assault.”