Man held after boy stabbed in the neck outside mosque
A BOY of 14 is fighting for his life in hospital after being stabbed outside a mosque in a suspected racial attack after his father had dropped him off to attend a youth event.
Police have arrested a 29-year-old man on suspicion of attempted murder outside the Idara Maarif-e-Islam Hussainia Mosque in Small Heath, Birmingham, at around 1am yesterday.
The victim had been attending a celebration at the mosque for around 200 children at the time.
Witnesses say the schoolboy was repeatedly stabbed in the neck and head in front of his brother.
Mosque leaders believe the attack was “racially motivated”.
Adnan Khan, information secretary for the mosque, said: “This is the big- gest event in the Shia calendar. We believe this was a racist attack and the young lad was in the wrong place at the wrong time.
“We had been advised about security and now have knife scanners at the entrance, but obviously nothing in the street. We believe they were lying in wait for someone to attack.”
Det Insp Jim Colclough said: “We do not believe (the incident) to be terrorrelated. The motivation for the attack is not yet known – we are keeping an open mind as to whether it could be racially or religiously motivated. It is tragic event.”
Hassan Shah, of the mosque’s youth team, said: “His brother saw it all and was screaming to his dad to come and help.” Another witness, who did not want to be named, added: “It was pandemonium, everyone was screaming.”