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Imam speaks out after being shot in Luton

Imam shot in Bury Park Credit: ITV Anglia
Police cordon after Portland Road shooting Credit: ITV Anglia

An Imam in Luton has been talking about the moment he chased after a car armed with just a brick, after a gunman sitting on the back seat of the vehicle turned a shotgun on him.

It happened moments after he left the Masjid al Madani Mosque in Bury Park following Thursday night prayers last week.

The 47 year old married father of a young son said he was on his way home just before 10pm when the black BMW pulled up in Portland Road, he thought to let him cross over.

But moments later a gunman on the back seat of the car fired a shotgun from out of the window. Two shots missed but then a third hit him.

After the shooting the Imam tried to chase the car as it made its getaway and a second man was then shot by the gunman in the same road.

Two men from Luton aged 30 and 32 have been arrested on suspicion of attempted murder and remain in custody.

The Imam who has asked not to be identified has been speaking about the attack.

I had been at the mosque on Thursday night and had just finished taking prayers. I had just left and was making my way along Portland Road going home. It had been a long day and I was looking forward to getting home and relaxing. I thought the driver had stopped to let me cross. I had stepped into the road, but then the driver started reviving the engine. I stopped in front of the car turned to say what are you doing. He got a bit vexed by that and that’s when I saw the passenger on the back seat pull out a shotgun to show me. Words were exchanged and that’s when a shot was fired at me which missed. So did a second shot and it was a third shot that hit me although at that moment I didn’t know it.

– Imam

The Imam said it was only when passers by and local residents came to his aid that he realised his arm was bleeding and he had been shot.

People came up to me and said you are bleeding and that’s when I saw my arm and the blood

– Imam

He was taken to the Luton and Dunstable Hospital for treatment and says it was only when he was there that he found out a second man had been shot and wounded by the gunman.

He says he thought five shots had rung out on Thursday evening from the car and said the occupants could have been armed with more than weapon.

There is a lot of concern in the community, people are infuriated by what happened as you would expect and I had to present myself to Friday Prayers at the Mosque to reassure everyone and calm everyone and to tell them the police were dealing with the situation. Who goes round shooting at people like this? They are cowards. I wasn't targeted, it was just random, it’s madness

– Imam

Police say the second man who was shot remains in hospital with serious injuries.

The two men arrested are from Luton and were arrested on Friday at Blundell Road in the town, on suspicion of attempted murder.

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 asked to use our online reporting tool or call 101 quoting Operation Flemish. Alternatively, call Crimestoppers, anonymously, on 0800 555111.

– Detective Inspector Craig Laws, Bedfordshire Police

Shooting victim was an Imam

Police investigate the shooting Credit: ITV News Anglia

The Luton Council of Mosques has reported that one of the men shot in the town on Thursday was an Imam.

Police were called to Portland Road on Thursday evening. One man suffered serious injuries, the Imam needed hospital treatment for minor injuries.

Police are continuing to question two men - and are treating it as an isolated incident.


Gunman got out of vehicle to shoot Kettering victim in leg

An eyewitness took this photograph shortly after the shooting. Credit: Eyewitness photograph.

Police are hunting a gunman after a man was shot in a residential area of Kettering.

The victim was taken to hospital with non-life-threatening injuries after the assault in Field Street on Saturday afternoon (October 14).

A man got out of a vehicle and approached him with a gun before shooting him in the leg.

Police are appealing for witnesses.

More information to follow.

A man was shot in the leg at Field Street in Kettering. Credit: ITV News Anglia.

Police investigate shooting in Luton

Detectives are appealing for witnesses after a man was shot in Luton.

Detectives are appealing for witnesses after a man was shot in Luton.

It happened at around 5pm on Saturday (November 26) in Marlow Avenue.

The victim, who was found by a passer-by, was taken by ambulance to hospital. He is being treated for a stomach injury and is in a stable, but critical, condition.

DI Alan Page, investigating, is keen to speak to anyone who saw or heard anything suspicious in the area, or has heard people discussing the incident since.

“This was a particularly nasty incident and we are keen to establish who inflicted these injuries, why and where they are now.

It’s possible that someone saw something going on in the street, without realising the seriousness of it. If so we would urge them to contact us. This can be done in strict confidence.”

– DI Alan Page, Bedfordshire Police

A man in his late 20s has been arrested and is currently being interviewed by police.


Shots fired at Bedfordshire house

An investigation is underway in Luton after shots were fired at a house in the town overnight.

It happened at approximately 1.30am this morning (Saturday) in Britannia Avenue.

A number of shots were heard and damage has been caused to a window. No-one was injured in the incident.

Detective Sergeant Simon Hancock from Bedfordshire Police told ITV News Anglia “We’re appealing for anyone who may have heard or seen something of note in the area in the early hours of the morning to get in touch."

“This is understandably a disturbing incident however I’d like to reassure the community that we’re carrying out a number of lines of inquiry to establish a motive and find those responsible. We have also increased our police patrols in the area."

Man charged over shooting

A 26-year-old man has been charged in connection with the murders of two teenagers in Milton Keynes.

Victims Mohamed Abdi Farah and Amin Ahmed Ismail Credit: ITV Anglia

19-year-old Mohamed Abdi Farah and 18-year-old Amin Ahmed Ismail were shot dead in an alleyway on the Fishermead estate in May 2011.

Brahim Hajji from TheNetherlands, was arrested in Holland on Thursday. He will appear in court onTuesday.

Police arrest man on suspicion of murder

Police in Luton have arrested a 21-year-old man on conspiracy to murder.

The arrest is in connection with a shooting that happened in Fountains Road in the town back on May 5th.

The man remains in custody and is currently being questioned by officers.

The suspect is the third person to be arrested in connection with the incident.

Reward offered after latest Luton shooting

Police at the scene of the latest shooting in Luton Credit: ITV Anglia

A £1,000 reward is being offered after a 16-year-old boy was left in a serious condition in hospital after being shot in the back in Luton yesterday (Saturday).

The teenager was gunned down early yesterday morning.

Armed police are today continuing to patrol the area around Thricknells Close, Marsh Farm, to help reassure concerned members of the public, Bedfordshire Police said.

Patrols are being doubled and officers will be stopping and searching people as they hunt for those responsible for the shooting.

Asst Chief Const Andrew Richer said: "We understand that there will be a number of law-abiding citizens who will be affected by this action.

"However, we hope that they will understand that this action is being taken to keep them and their loved ones safe and they will agree with us that this level of criminality will not be tolerated.

"These measures are being used to ensure those who commit these crimes are stopped."

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