Islamic centre destroyed in 'arson attack' in Manchester


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

Dale Corrigan, who lives opposite the mosque, told the Manchester Evening News: "It spread really quickly, it started on the right-hand side of the building and went to the roof and there was really thick black smoke".

An Islamic centre in Manchester has suffered significant damage following a suspected arson attack overnight.

Mosque spokesman Shamusideen Oladimeji added: "It has been seriously damaged - the police won't let us in".

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

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"We don't know why this happened".

An official of Greater Manchester Police said the fire was being treated as suspicious. We sent five pumps to the scene and an investigation is now underway'.

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.

No one was present inside the centre during the incident.