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Second suspect bailed over death of religious leader

Jalal Uddin

A second suspect has been bailed by police investigating the murder of a religious leader on his way home from a mosque.

Jalal Uddin, 64, was found with head injuries in a children's play area in Rochdale after being attacked on his way home on February 18.

He was taken to hospital but died a short time later. A 21-year-old man and a 17-year-old boy arrested on Monday have both now been bailed until April 20.

"Our investigation is continuing and we remain committed as ever to finding out the circumstances surrounding what happened to Jalal and I would like to thank the community for their patience and support whilst we carry out our inquiries. "We are continuing to appeal for witnesses who may have been in the South Street area at the time of the attack and I would urge anybody with information to please contact police."

– Detective Chief Inspector Terry Crompton

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Rochdale Council of Mosques urges community to "remain calm"

Jalal Uddin was murdered in Rochdale last night Credit: MEN SYNDICATION

Chief Officer for the Rochdale Council of Mosques has made a statement regarding the murder of popular Imam, Jalal Uddin, in Rochdale last night.

Dobir Miah said:

"GMP are working closely with the Rochdale Council of Mosques and we remain in contact with police to offer any assistance to the investigation.

"We would like to urge people to please remain calm and be reassured that everything possible is being done to find out what has happened.

"Nothing has been said that suggests there is an immediate threat to people doing their day to day activities."

– Dobir Miah

Rochdale MP Simon Danczuk pays tribute to Imam Jalal Uddin

Simon Danczuk Credit: PA

Rochdale MP Simon Danczuk has paid tribute to Imam Jalal Uddin who died after being found with head injuries in Rochdale.

Describing him as a "pillar of the community" and a leader of the Bangladeshi community, Danczuk said Uddin was a "very gentle man".

Mr Danczuk Said:

"He was a well regarded, peaceful man, a very, very gentle man.

"He was well thought of in his local Mosque and among the Bangladeshi community.

"I've spoken to people today and they're all in shock and really upset.

"I send my condolences to his family."

– Simon Danczuk
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