Birmingham mosque attacks: Four holy buildings vandalised 'with sledgehammers'
SEE ALSO :The unseen war - Part 2Police began patrols in areas with mosques and came across further damage at places of worship on Witton Road, Aston, and at Broadway, Perry Barr. Forensic officers are working to identify evidence, and CCTV is being examined, the force said. Neighbourhood officers are working closely with mosques around the West Midlands today,police added. The Birmingham Council of Mosques earlier released a statement saying at least three premises were “vandalised” on Wednesday night, Birmingham Live has reported. Sharafat Ali, the Imam of Witton Islamic Centre, said around seven windows and two doors were smashed between 1.30am and 2am on Thursday. Mr Ali said the attack had left them scared in the wake of the New Zealand massacre on Friday, which killed 50 worshippers in two mosques. They were terrified after the vandalism, 66-year-old Mr Ali said. "It's terrible, the community is shocked because of what’s happened in New Zealand. We’ve been here for 30 years. In the morning you get 40 worshippers for morning prayer, on Friday you get about two to three hundred. This doesn’t happen in Aston. Tomorrow is Friday prayers and I don’t know what’s going up happen. We are asking the police to give us more security.” The Birmingham Council of Mosques is urging vigilance ahead of Friday prayers. It said it believed the attacked mosques were based around Handsworth, Aston and Witton. "We ask the Masajids to be vigilant and do not hesitate in reporting any unusual/suspicious behaviour to the police immediately. It is vital you report it so it can be logged."
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