UK: Mosque in Manchester burnt in suspected arson attack

According to Manchester Evening News, the police and fire brigade authorities were investigating the attack.

Police are treating the fire as suspicious and have launched a full investigation with Greater Manchester Fire and Rescue Service.

A mosque in the British city of Manchester has been severely damaged in a suspected arson attack, police said on Monday.

Monsurat Adebanjo-Aremu, secretary of the centre, told Manchester Evening News that Sunday’s fire was the third such major fire incident in a year.

A spokesman said the mosque’s leaders had received a call during the night saying the building “was being attached”. We sent five pumps to the scene and an investigation is now underway’.

“Hate crime is often under reported for a number of reasons, but people should have the confidence in coming forward, as no one should be the subject of hate and intolerance”.

Mosque spokesman Shamusideen Oladimeji added: “It has been seriously damaged – the police won’t let us in”.

A GMP spokeswoman said it was carrying out a joint investigation with Greater Manchester Fire Service.

He said: “We can’t go in at the moment while the police and the investigators are there”.

He said there had also been other incidents in the past, including pigs’ heads being thrown into the building, people urinating outside and verbal abuse.