Three men and a police officer are being treated in hospital after they were stabbed at a mosque, West Midlands Police have confirmed today. A 32-year-old man is now being questioned on suspicion of attempted murder, police said. Initial reports suggest an argument may have taken place inside the mosque prior to the attack. The male police officer was attacked after being called to attend reports that three men had been stabbed at the mosque in the Ward End area of Birmingham. All four men are described as in a stable condition. Mohammed Shafiq, the leader of national Muslim organisation the Ramadhan Foundation, said a nearby resident overheard an argument coming from inside the mosque and believes the attack followed a dispute between members. Officers were today conducting patrols in the area surrounding the mosque to reassure local residents. A cordon is in place while investigations continue at the mosque. Police are investigating whether the attack was a hate crime.
A range of Lego-style fighting figurines – including an Islamic terrorist militant – has sparked outrage among Muslims. The toy mini-figures, made by American Will Chapman, includes a masked terrorist bandit with an assault rifle, grenade launcher and belt of explosives. Shocked by the playthings, British Muslim organisation the Ramadhan Foundation has branded the figurines “absolutely disgusting”. Chief executive Mohammed Shafiq said the figures were “glorifying terrorism”. He said: “I don’t think there’s any difference between someone that shouts hatred through a megaphone and someone that creates a doll that glorifies terrorists.”
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A man was attacked, stabbed in the stomach and hit with an a iron bar in Burnley. Mohammed Shafiq, 50, of York Street in Lancashire, was murdered in broad daylight after attempting to intervene in a fight involving his son. He died in Royal Blackburn hospital eight hours. Detective Superintendent Mick Gradwell, from Lancashire police stated: “Mr Shafiq intervened in a disorder at about 1.30pm and as a result he received an injury consistent with being stabbed and later died from that injury. “I have officers with Mr Shafiq’s family who are naturally distraught after this incident. He leaves a wife and 5 children and we will be offering them support during this devastating time.” It is believed that Shafiq’s son phoned his father to tell him that he was being harassed by a gang of youths. This prompted Mr Shafiq to call the police to raise his concern and then attend to his son’s welfare. Rukshana Choudhary reports.