Four mosques in the English city of Birmingham were damaged in a spate of Islamophobic attacks in Britain since the killing of 50 people at two New Zealand mosques.
West Midlands Police on Thursday said detectives and counter-terrorism officers are investigating after windows were smashed at four mosques in Birmingham.
Officers responded after reports in the early hours of Thursday of a man seen smashing windows with a sledgehammer at one mosque, police said.
“Since the tragic events in Christchurch, New Zealand, officers and staff from West Midlands Police have been working closely with our faith partners across the region to offer reassurance and support at mosques, churches and places of prayer,” West Midlands Police Chief Constable Dave Thompson said in a statement.
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“At the moment we don’t know the motive for last night’s attacks,” Thompson said.
“At difficult times like this, it is incredibly important that everyone unites against those who seek to create discord, uncertainty and fear in our communities,” he said.
Four UK mosques damaged in anti-Muslim attacks after Christchurch shootings – Stuff.co.nz