Monday Jul 17, 2017
A mosque in Manchester was damaged after a suspected arson attack Sunday night.
According to Manchester Evening News, the police and fire brigade authorities were investigating the attack. An official of Greater Manchester Police said the fire was being treated as suspicious.
A spokesperson of the affected mosque has been quoted as saying that they received a call at night saying the centre the being attacked. The official added there was no one inside the centre at the time.
The emergency services were called around 11:40pm. Around 30 firefighters worked to put the inferno out.
Greater Manchester Fire Rescue Service confirmed they were called around 11:40pm to Droylsden Road where the centre is situated.
The images taken by witnesses show flames coming from the roof of the building, lighting up the sky and surrounding houses.
According to Metro News, the mosque has been previously targetted with two pigs’ heads thrown in the building at a hour when people were praying. Moreover, a minibus — the centre uses to gerry young and elderly visitors to the mosque — was destroyed in an arson attack in 2014.