Five arrested over Luton imam shooting

Scene of shooting in Portland St, Luton

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.

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