Hammer attacks on five mosques have left Muslims in Birmingham fearing a New Zealand-style terror attack.
CCTV from two of the five mosques shows thugs smashing windows – less than a week after an eco-fascist gunman shot 50 worshippers dead at two Mosques in Christchurch.
The Witton Islamic Centre, the Masjid Faizul Islam, the Jam-E-Masjid, Muslim Community Centre Aston and Al-Habib Masjid – all within two miles of each other – were targeted overnight.
>Naib Hussain, Secretary of Mosque and Muslim Community Centre in Aston, told The Sun Online: “With Friday prayers we’re fearful – we have up to 400 people at our mosque and up to 100 children.”
“If there was to be a copycat New Zealand style attack it could be even worse. We need protection from our police officers.”
“Our community is very worried and shocked and in the aftermath of the bloodshed in New Zealand I’m telling them ‘beware, be careful’” he said.
“What happened here overnight is horrifying and appalling.
The Government and police are fully supportive of the Muslim community and we ask them to do everything they can, everything in their power to help protect us.”
The father-of-six continued: “Police have vowed to catch the culprits, it’s got to stop but I don’t think it will yet. It’s not going to stop in Birmingham, it will spread to cities across England.”
Cops were first called at 2.32am to reports of a man smashing windows with a sledgehammer at a mosque on Birchfield Road before being alerted 45 minutes later to a similar attack at Jam-E-Masjid.
On patrolling the area police soon discovered damage at two other centres, and were alerted about a third at 10am Thursday morning.
The motive behind the attacks, which are being treated as linked, is yet to be established but West Midlands Police and the West Midlands Counter Terrorism Unit are investigating.
Chief Constable Dave Thompson said: “At the moment we don’t know the motive for last night’s attacks.”
“What I can say is that the force and the Counter Terrorism Unit are working side-by-side to find whoever is responsible.”
The incidents come after seven people were arrested in Greater Manchester over social media posts about the New Zealand attack. A man in Wales has also been arrested over a similar offence.