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Manchester mosque damaged in suspected arson attack

Manchester mosque damaged in suspected arson attack

An investigation is underway after a mosque in Manchester was targeted by a suspected arson attack.

Manchester Fire Brigade were called at around 11.40pm yesterday evening and police this morning confirmed they are treating it as suspicious.

Islamaphobic hate crime has reportedly soared by 500 per cent in Greater Manchester since the terrorist attack at the Ariana Grande gig in the city on May 22.

Shamusideen Oladimeji, a spokesman for the mosque, added that it was the third fire at the building since 2014 and that the reason for them was "just hatred".

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

The fire at the NASFAT Islamic Centre on Droylsden Road in Newton Heath, Manchester, was discovered by police at 11.40pm on Sunday.

The Manchester Nasfat Islamic Centre on Droylsden Road caught fire late on Sunday night
The Manchester Nasfat Islamic Centre on Droylsden Road caught fire late on Sunday night

"We are investigating this as a hate crime which has damaged a place of worship used by members of the Nigerian community".

"We don't know why this happened".

Mr Oladimeji said the fire had caused "massive" damage to the classrooms inside the mosque.

Monsurat Adebanjo-Aremu, secretary of the centre, said people have urinated outside and two pigs' heads were once thrown into the mosque during worship.

The images taken by witnesses show flames coming from the roof of the building, lighting up the sky and surrounding houses.

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