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Man stabbed in neck outside Altrincham mosque in suspected hate crime

Dr Nasser Kurdy was stabbed outside Altrincham Islamic Centre. Photo: MEN-Media

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.

Altrincham Islamic Centre Credit: Google Maps

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.

This is a very nasty and unprovoked attack against a much loved local man. We have made significant progress with the investigation and have arrested two people.

“We consider that these arrests are significant and with the information that we have at this stage, we are not looking for anyone else in relation to this attack

“Peoplewill want to know why the attacker did this and we are treating this as a crimemotivated by hate. It is difficult to say more than this at this time but thereis nothing to suggest that this is terrorist related.

“There will be increased police presence in the area in the coming days to reassure local people.”

– Assistant Chief Constable Russ Jackson

In response to the stabbing, Trafford Council has called for people to support the 'We Stand Together' campaign.

In response to the stabbing on Sunday evening of Dr Nasser Kurdy outside the Altrincham and Hale Muslim Association on Grove Lane, the leader of the Council, Sean Anstee said: "I am shocked and saddened by this senseless and cowardly attack on a respected member of ourcommunity, which took place directly outside a place of worship and prayer. The local community are understandably shocked and concerned by this attack, which happened in an area known for its good community relations and is generally considered very safe.

I would like to reassure people of our ongoing discussions and continued work with police, community and religious leaders to review and improve safety in our borough. My thoughts are with Dr Kurdy and his family and we wish him a full and speedy recovery. In the meantime I encourage people to support the 'We Stand Together' campaign, launched across Greater Manchester yesterday, which aims to teach all children how to solve problems peacefully, encourage acts of kindness and fight hate crime."

– Trafford Council

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.