CAIRO – In the latest attack against Muslims, three worshippers and a police officer have been stabbed at a mosque in the British city of Birmingham, adding to the pains of the sizable minority.
“The Ramadhan Foundation expresses its deep concern at the stabbing of three people and a police officer in the Ward End mosque in Birmingham last night,” chairman Mohammed Shafiq told The Guardian on Sunday, June 16.“Our immediate thoughts are with the victims injured and their families.”
Three Muslim worshippers were stabbed at Washwood Heath Road in Ward End neighborhood in the East of Birmingham after the night prayers. A police man was also stabbed.
Police said a 32-year-old suspect was arrested over the stabbings.
“Police were called at 11pm on Saturday night to a mosque in Washwood Heath Road, Ward End, to reports of three men with stab wounds,” a spokeswoman for West Midlands police said.
“Officers arrived at the incident and whilst the man was being detained, one police officer also suffered a stab wound.
“The three people and the officer have been taken to hospital, all are currently described as stable,” the spokesman said.
The stabbings are the latest in attacks against Muslims since the machete killing of an army soldier by two converts in London last month.
Las week, a fire gutted the Darul Uloom Islamic school in Foxbury Avenue in south-east London. Police described the blaze at the Islamic school as “suspicious”.
It came after a suspected arson attack on an Islamic centre in north London.
Initials of the far-right English Defence League was found scrawled on the side of that building.
Police said they are investigating the stabbings of the Muslim worshippers as a “hate crime”.
“We don't know at the moment, it's very early stages in the inquiry,” the police spokeswoman said.
“We can't rule anything out at the moment.”
Shafiq, the leader of Ramadhan Foundation, also called for no jumping into conclusion over the stabbings.
“It is too early to speculate on the circumstances of the stabbings but we must be clear there should be no place for this sort of violence in our country,” he said.
“There will obviously be people who will try to take advantage of this tragedy but we must not allow them to succeed.”
Hostility against British Muslims, estimated at nearly 2.7 million, has been on the rise since the soldier’s killing, which Muslims condemned as running against the basic Islamic teachings.
Some 212 “anti-Muslim incidents” have been reported since the May 22 killing, according to Tell Mama project, which monitors anti-Muslim attacks in Britain.
The figure included 11 attacks on mosques, in a series manifestation of anti-Muslim sentiments.
A Financial Times opinion poll showed that Britain is the most suspicious nation about Muslims.A poll of the Evening Standard found that a sizable section of London residents harbor negative opinions about Muslims.
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