Five men have been arrested and released on bail after the shooting of a Luton imam on Thursday night.
According to the Luton News newspaper, the imam (who does not want to be identified) chased after the car from which he was shot by a gunman sitting in the back of the vehicle.
The 47 year old said he was making his way home after prayers when a black BMW pulled up and fired three shots at him. Eleven shotgun pellets remain embedded under his skin. A second man was also shot by the gunman in the same road.
The imam said that he only realised he had been shot when passers-by came to help him. He doesn’t believe he was specifically targeted but rather believes it was a random attack. He was released from hospital in the early hours of Friday.
Police say the second man who was shot remains in hospital with serious injuries.
Detective Inspector Craig Laws said: “We are treating this as an isolated incident, but are continuing to appeal for information that could help our ongoing investigation.
Anyone with information is being asked to use the online reporting tool or call 101 quoting “Operation Flemish.” Alternatively, call Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800555111.
As you’re here…
5Pillars have one humble request from you…
Thousands of Muslims around the world visit our website for news every day. Due to the unfortunate reality of covering Muslim-related news in a heightened Islamophobic environment, our advertising and fundraising revenues have decreased significantly.
5Pillars is editorially and financially independent, with no sectarian or political allegiance to any particular group or movement. Our journalism has been exclusively grassroots focussed and our sole purpose is to defend Islam and Muslims in the media.
This makes us unique in comparison to other online Muslim media outlets who are neither independently regulated by a reputable body nor are they managed by qualified journalists.
Our journalism takes time, money and effort to deliver. But we do it because we believe we have a duty to Allah (swt).
You may not agree or like everything we publish. However, which other Muslim news site that is run by experienced journalists will take on the responsibility of being a shield for Islam and Muslims in the media?
If you follow 5Pillars, and you understand its importance in today’s climate, then please support us for as little as £5 a month, it only takes a minute to make a donation. Jazakallah khayran.
Our beloved Prophet Muhammad (peace be upon him) said:“The best deeds are those done regularly, even if they are small.” [Ibn Mājah]