A 32 year old man “of Somali appearance” has been arrested on suspicion of attempted murder after four people, including a policeman, were stabbed at a mosque in Birmingham.
Officers were called to the mosque on Washwood Heath Road in Ward End at about 23:00 BST on Saturday. As police arrested the man the officer was also wounded. All four are in a stable condition in hospital.
The incident began during Isha prayers. Eyewitnesses report that a man began attacking worshippers with a machete. Officers are conducting patrols in the area in a bid to reassure local people.
Local resident and journalist Assed Baig said he didn’t think the incident was terror-related but heard that an argument broke out in the mosque and the suspect may have had mental health issues.
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