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UK: Islamic centre near Manchester set alight hours after concert bombing00:51

UK: Islamic centre near Manchester set alight hours after concert bombing

United Kingdom, Oldham
May 24, 2017 at 08:29 GMT -00:00 · Published

The door to an Islamic cultural and educational centre in Oldham, a town 13 kilometres (8 miles) north-east of Manchester, was set on fire in a suspected arson attack in the early hours of Tuesday morning, shortly after Monday's attack at the Manchester Arena, which left 22 dead and a further 59 injured.

The centre's imam, Mohammad Saddiq, said that at around 02:00 local time (01:00 GMT), an unidentified perpetrator reached the building and set the door alight by starting a fire through the letter box.

The motive behind the attack remains unknown to Saddiq, who said "we practice here more than 20 years over here, and we invite all the community to come for peace and love."

On Monday night, an assailant detonated an explosive device on his person towards the end of a pop concert by US singer Ariana Grande at the Manchester Arena, as attendees were leaving the premises at around 22:35 local time (21:35 GMT).

At least 22, many of them children, were killed and a further 59 injured in the attack. Police believe that there was only one assailant in the stadium, who reportedly died at the scene of the blast after detonating an explosive device.

A 23-year-old man was arrested Tuesday morning outside Morrisons supermarket in Chorlton-Cum-Hardy, south Manchester, in relation to Monday evening's attack. The self-proclaimed Islamic State (IS, formerly ISIS/ISIL) has claimed responsibility.

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The door to an Islamic cultural and educational centre in Oldham, a town 13 kilometres (8 miles) north-east of Manchester, was set on fire in a suspected arson attack in the early hours of Tuesday morning, shortly after Monday's attack at the Manchester Arena, which left 22 dead and a further 59 injured.

The centre's imam, Mohammad Saddiq, said that at around 02:00 local time (01:00 GMT), an unidentified perpetrator reached the building and set the door alight by starting a fire through the letter box.

The motive behind the attack remains unknown to Saddiq, who said "we practice here more than 20 years over here, and we invite all the community to come for peace and love."

On Monday night, an assailant detonated an explosive device on his person towards the end of a pop concert by US singer Ariana Grande at the Manchester Arena, as attendees were leaving the premises at around 22:35 local time (21:35 GMT).

At least 22, many of them children, were killed and a further 59 injured in the attack. Police believe that there was only one assailant in the stadium, who reportedly died at the scene of the blast after detonating an explosive device.

A 23-year-old man was arrested Tuesday morning outside Morrisons supermarket in Chorlton-Cum-Hardy, south Manchester, in relation to Monday evening's attack. The self-proclaimed Islamic State (IS, formerly ISIS/ISIL) has claimed responsibility.

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