A top surgeon who treated victims of the Manchester Arena bombing has described the moment he was stabbed in the neck as he walked into his mosque in an unprovoked attack police are treating as a hate crime.
Just hours after the horrific ordeal, Nasser Kurdy, 58, said he had already forgiven his attacker.
The consultant orthopaedic surgeon, who works at Wythenshawe Hospital, was stabbed in the back of his neck as he walked into the Islamic Cultural Centre in Hale shortly before 5.50pm on Sunday.
Unaware the knifeman had fled, Mr Kurdy picked up a chair ready to defend other worshippers at the mosque.
The father-of-three stemmed the bleeding from his own wound before the emergency services arrived.
He was rushed to Wythenshawe where he was treated by colleagues before being allowed home.
Mr Kurdy suffered a three-inch wound to the back of his neck, and says he is lucky not to have been been seriously injured.
Mr Kurdy described how colleagues, including his trainee, treated him for about three hours at the hospital, cleaning the wound and stitching it up.
Revealing he has already forgiven his attacker, he said:
Married Mr Kurdy, who has two boys, aged 13 and 20, and a girl aged 22, is a UK national of Jordanian and Syrian heritage. He is vice-chair of the Altrincham and Hale Islamic Association which itself is part of the Altrincham Interfaith Group.
Praising staff at the hospital, where he has worked since 1998, he said:
Two men, aged 54 and 32, have been arrested in connection with the attack and were still being quizzed by detectives.
Trafford council leader Sean Anstee has spoken of his shock at the attack on Dr Kurdy describing it as a "senseless and cowardly attack on a respected member of our community".
Councillor Anstee continued:
Assistant Chief Constable Russ Jackson has said there will be increased police presence in the area in the coming days to reassure local people.
Rob Smith has this report: