Islamic centre destroyed in 'arson attack' in Manchester

Claudine Rigal
Juillet 17, 2017

A mosque in Manchester was damaged after a suspected arson attack Sunday night.

A BLAZE ripped through a Manchester mosque last night causing "significant" damage following a suspected arson attack. More than 30 firefighters attended the scene to tackle the blaze, which is now under control.

Greater Manchester Fire Rescue Service confirmed they were called around 11:40pm to Droylsden Road where the centre is situated. We sent five pumps to the scene and an investigation is now underway'.

Police added: "The fire is being treated as suspicious and a joint investigation has been launched by GMP and GMFRS". "We try to be good neighbours and we try to be involved with our local community", said mosque spokesperson Shamusideen Oladimeji.

Damaged mosque
Damaged mosque

The Manchester Nasfat Islamic Center has, in the past, had two pig heads thrown in during prayers and was subjected to people urinating on the building, Monsurat Adebanjo-Aremu, branch secretary of the centre, told the Manchester Evening News.

Flames appeared to come out of the roof and lit up the sky and surrounding buildings.

The mosque now has around 300 members and was also previously attacked when two pigs' heads were thrown inside.

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