Grimsby mosque in London hit by suspected arson attack
A mosque chairman has described how he was inside an Islamic cultural centre with a young family when it was hit by a suspected arson attack.world Updated: May 28, 2013 01:13 IST
A mosque chairman has described how he was inside an Islamic cultural centre with a young family when it was hit by a suspected arson attack.
The Grimsby Islamic Cultural Centre was allegedly targeted by petrol bombs on Sunday night, despite an increased police presence in the area following another attack on the complex three days ago.
Humberside police said a fire was started at the centre shortly before 10pm. No one was injured. Two people were arrested.
The chairman of the mosque, Diler Gharib, said: "We had just finished our prayers and were discussing how to thank our neighbours for the support they have shown us over the past few days when we heard a bang and saw fire coming under the door. I grabbed a fire extinguisher and put it out and then two more petrol bombs hit the fire escape."
Gharib said police had been monitoring the mosque after it was targeted by youths last week and officers were able to quickly apprehend two suspects.
He said the murder of Rigby in Woolwich was a criminal act that had nothing to do with the Muslim faith.