Sunday, 16 June 2013

The establishment desperately wants this to be an EDL attack, but it looks more like an intra-Muslim incident.
Eyewitnesses report that a man of Somali appearance began attacking worshippers with a machete.

Three men and a police officer have been stabbed at a mosque in Birmingham.

A spokeswoman for West Midlands police said: "Police were called at 11pm on Saturday night to a mosque in Washwood Heath Road, Ward End, to reports of three men with stab wounds.

"Officers arrived at the incident and whilst the man was being detained, one police officer also suffered a stab wound.

"The three people and the officer have been taken to hospital, all are currently described as stable."

All three men and the officer were stabbed inside the mosque, the police spokeswoman confirmed. Officers were investigating whether the attack was a hate crime.

"We don't know at the moment, it's very early stages in the inquiry," the spokeswoman said. "We can't rule anything out at the moment."

Mohammed Shafiq, the leader of national Muslim organisation the Ramadhan Foundation, said: "The Ramadhan Foundation expresses its deep concern at the stabbing of three people and a police officer in the Ward End mosque in Birmingham last night.

"Our immediate thoughts are with the victims injured and their families.

"It is too early to speculate on the circumstances of the stabbings but we must be clear there should be no place for this sort of violence in our country.

"There will obviously be people who will try to take advantage of this tragedy but we must not allow them to succeed."

A nearby resident reported hearing an argument coming from inside the mosque and believed it was a domestic incident between members, Shafiq said.

"I have spoken to someone who lives a few doors down from the mosque and they described hearing an argument between some of the people inside the mosque.

"It escalated into violence and a police officer has been stabbed.

"People, anti-Muslim extremists, are going to try to take advantage of this – it's very serious that a police officer has been stabbed during duty."
Source: Guardian

Updates, H/T :Maria José

Dr Arshad Mahmood, who was at the mosque, said: "A man started stabbing one of the guys who was just sitting right next to him.

"I don't know what exactly was the reason but he just started stabbing him.

"We went to save him. He had multiple injuries, three or four wounds.

"Then the policeman came and was also attacked and stabbed."

Councillor Ansar Ali Khan said the area was usually peaceful
Mohammed Shafiq, the leader of national Muslim organisation the Ramadhan Foundation, said his thoughts were with the injured and their families.

"I have spoken to someone who lives a few doors down from the mosque and they described hearing an argument between some of the people inside.

"It escalated into violence and a police officer has been stabbed."

According to Mr Shafiq, a nearby resident believed the dispute was a domestic incident between mosque members.

'Shocking'
The mosque involved is the Washwood Heath Muslim Centre in Ward End.

The Birmingham Hodge Hill MP Liam Byrne, who has visited the scene, said: "Police and the community have been working together through the night and early this morning and what's very clear is that this is a sad, tragic and isolated incident.

"It's not a hate crime.

"What's really important now is that everybody stays very calm and we let the wheels of justice turn."

Ansar Ali Khan, the city councillor for Washwood Heath, said people will have been attending the mosque for local prayers.

"We've never had a problem, we always have a very peaceful situation in this area," he said.

"This is shocking for me to know the police officer has been stabbed as well."
Source: BBC

Speaking at the scene today, which has been placed under police cordon, Mr Byrne, MP for Birmingham Hodge Hill, said: "The community and the police have pulled together really quickly since the incident last night.

"What is already clear is that this was not a hate crime - this was a tragic, sad, and isolated incident.

"What's really important now is that people stay very calm. We pray for those who've been hurt and rally round their families and we let justice now take its course.

"The police have somebody in custody and I think what we would want to say is that it's been brilliant how police and the community came together to contain the incident last night.

"And above all, we want to praise the courage of West Midlands Police, they will do anything and everything to keep people safe in this community."

Mr Byrne said it was his understanding that the man in police custody had been attending the mosque when the attack happened.

"What appears to have happened is that one worshipper turned on a number of other worshippers," Mr Byrne said.

"The police were there really quickly to help make sure that everyone there was safe and people pulled together to contain the situation."
Source: Birmingham Mail

It's interesting that they're emphasising the fact that it wasn't a "hate crime" although I've yet to hear of an incident in which one person stabbed another for love. It's clear that the authorities fear Muslim rioting in response to an imaginary "hate crime".

So far, then, since the Woolwich jihad attack, the organisation Tell Mama reports 200-odd "Islamophobic attacks" in which not a single Muslim has suffered a scratch. But here we have Muslim-on-Muslim violence resulting in 4 stabbings.

If an EDL member had carried out the attack, how different would the response have been? We can easily imagine that the EDL itself would have been banned, and that there would have been yet further demands for critiques of Islam to be criminalised. The entire political and journalistic establishment would have lined up to insist that conclusions be drawn from the incident and policy changes be enacted. Now that we know it was a Muslim attacking other Muslims, what conclusions do our ruling caste say we should draw from it? None. Nothing to see here, move along... religion of peace ... tiny minority.

2 comments:

Maria José said...

Eyewitnesses report that a man of Somali appearance began attacking worshippers with a machete.

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-birmingham-22924456


Birmingham mosque stabbing "not a hate crime"

An attack at a mosque in which three men and a police officer were stabbed is thought to have happened after one worshipper turned on others, MP Liam Byrne has said.

http://www.birminghammail.co.uk/news/local-news/birmingham-mosque-stabbing-not-hate-4325700





Anonymous said...

Many Somali in Britain are very religious just like the Taliban in Afghanistan, scary!.

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