A Muslim surgeon has been stabbed in the neck outside a mosque in Trafford in a suspected hate crime.
The victim, a 58-year-old man named locally as surgeon Dr Nasser Kurdy, was taken to hospital after the attack outside the Altrincham Islamic Centre at around 6pm on Sunday evening.
He managed the run into the Islamic Centre to call emergency services.
The man was shaken but not badly hurt and was discharged later the same evening.
Greater Manchester Police said two men, aged 54 and 32, were arrested within an hour over the incident.
They are treating the "very nasty and unprovoked attack" as a "crime motivated by hate", said Assistant Chief Constable Russ Jackson.
The attack has prompted shock and anger from from Muslim groups and local politicians.
Mohammed Shafiq, chief executive of the Ramadhan Foundation, said: "I strongly condemn the stabbing of the Imam of the #Altrincham mosque earlier today. The Imam is recovering and an arrest has been made."
Andrew Western, the leader of the Labour group on Trafford Council, tweeted: "Shocked and saddened to hear of stabbing of Dr Nasser Kurdy outside Altrincham mosque. Thoughts with him and his family."
Manchester Central Mosque said in a statement on Facebook the victim is a consultant orthopaedic surgeon at Wythenshawe Hospital, and occasionally does the sermon at Friday prayers.
They said: "Extremely sad to hear about the dreadful news that has just come in from Altrincham where an Imam has been stabbed in the neck."
Assistant Chief Constable Russ Jackson, said there would be additional police patrols in the area.
In response to the stabbing, Trafford Council has called for people to support the 'We Stand Together' campaign.
If anyone has witnessed this incident or saw anyone hanging around Grove Lane at this time, they have been asked to contact Greater Manchester Police on 101 quoting reference number 1646 of 24/09/17, or the independent charity Crimestoppers, anonymously, on 0800 555 111.