Published: Thu, March 21, 2019

UK: Five Birmingham mosques attacked with sledgehammer

UK: Five Birmingham mosques attacked with sledgehammer

They received further reports of a similar incident at a mosque in a nearby locality, after which officials began patrols and found more damage at two other locations.

Shabana Mahmood, a member of parliament for Birmingham, said the reported attacks were "truly bad".

"Unfortunately the Witton Road Islamic Centre was attacked overnight by an individual who used a sledgehammer to break the windows", Mahmood wrote.

Officers responded after reports in the early hours of Thursday of a man seen shattering windows with a sledgehammer at one mosque, the police said.

United Kingdom police have launched an investigation after five mosques were attacked in Birmingham. "We are appalled by such acts of hate/terror".

Police and the West Midlands counter-terrorism unit are investigating the incidents and forensic teams were gathering evidence at the scenes.

Birmingham City Council cabinet member Waseem Zaffar wrote on Twitter that the community "will fight back against any hate and division with love, peace and harmony".

"My initial reaction was shock that this had happened.There's a fear factor now in that adults are saying they're going to keep their children away from the mosque today because they're anxious that it's not safe", Chairman of Masjid Faizul Islam mosque in Aston, Yousef Zaman said. The force added the incidents "are being treated as linked".

Home Secretary Sajid Javid called the vandalism "deeply concerning and distressing", while MP for Birmingham Ladywood Shabana Mahmood said the attacks were "truly terrible".

"What I can say is that the force and the Counter-Terrorism Unit are working side by side to find whoever is responsible", Thompson said.

"I said last week that Muslims were afraid after the terrorist attacks in #ChristChurch".

Thompson added that since the Christchurch mosque attacks in which 50 Muslims were killed and a further 50 people injured, West Midlands police have been working closely with local community leaders to reassure local Muslims in the area.

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