Five mosques in Birmingham attacked with sledgehammer

Ruchira Sharma     3 hours Thursday March 21st 2019   

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Police have launched an investigation after a number of mosques were attacked overnight in the United Kingdom city of Birmingham. The force has confirmed the Witton Road Islamic Centre in Witton was among those attacked overnight Wednesday.

At around 10 a.m. they were called to another mosque that had been vandalized.

"People can not stand by now and say that it does not affect them, " Atta said.

At 3.14am, police were alerted to a similar attack at the Jam-E-Masjid Qiblah Hadhrat Sahib Gulhar Shareef mosque on Slade Road, Erdington.

According to the police, reports of a man smashing windows with the tool on Birchfield Road were received at 02:30 GMT.

Windows at five Birmingham mosques were shattered with a sledgehammer early Thursday, according to United Kingdom officials, who said counter-terrorism officers are probing the incidents.

While patroling the scene, police learned that additional mosques had been damaged at the Aston and Perry Barr areas of Birmingham, the U.K.'s second most populous city after London, and that a fifth mosque had had its windows smashed in Stechford.

"Deeply concerning & distressing to see number of mosques have been vandalized in Birmingham overnight", Home Secretary Sajid Javid posted to Twitter.

An investigation involving counter-terrorism officers has been launched after four mosques in the Birmingham area were attacked overnight
An investigation involving counter-terrorism officers has been launched after four mosques in the Birmingham area were attacked overnight

The attacks in Birmingham are being treated as linked.

An investigation involving counter-terrorism officers has been launched after five mosques were vandalised in an "abhorrent, despicable act".

"@WMPolice are investigating motive but let me be clear - hateful behaviour has absolutely no place in our society & will never be accepted".

"These thugs do not speak for Birmingham & will not divide us", he wrote.

In one attack at the Witton Road Islamic Centre in Witton, seven windows and two doors were smashed up.

"The force and the counter terrorism unit are working side-by-side to find whoever is responsible".

"We don't know the motive for last night's attacks", said Chief Constable Dave Thompson in a statement.

"At hard times like this, it is incredibly important that everyone unites against those who seek to create discord, uncertainty and fear in our communities", he said.

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