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80-year-old man stabbed in Mosque in Manchester

An 80-year-old man suffered serious injuries after he was stabbed at a mosque in Whalley Range.Police were called to reports of a stabbing on Clarendon Road at around 1.50pm on Friday.

After arriving at the scene officers found the 80-year-old man with stab wounds.

He was taken to hospital where he received treatment for serious injuries. A man in his 20s has been arrested on suspicion of section 20 assault and is being questioned.

GMP say enquiries into the full circumstances of the incident are ongoing. But it is understood the incident happened inside the mosque and both people involved are worshippers.

It is not being treated as a hate crime at this time.

Chief Inspector Faz Zaman of GMP’s City of Manchester Division, said: “People will understandably be concerned that an elderly man has been stabbed in a place of worship, but we believe there is an isolated incident. “Officers will remain in the area for the next few hours speaking to local residents and carrying out enquiries.

“We are in the very early stages of our investigation and I’d encourage anyone who was around Clarendon Road this afternoon, or with any information that could help our enquiries, to get in touch.

“You can speak to our local officers on 0161 856 6151 or make an anonymous report through the independent charity Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.”

Zakariya Masjid and Madrassah Credit: MEN syndication