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Police said they are attempting to determine the motives behind an apparent arson attack at an Islamic centre in Harlow, Essex.
Chief Inspector Ed Wells said:
One of the heads of an Essex mosque hit overnight by a suspected arson attempt says he believes it may be an anti-Muslim attack.
Zia Rehman, vice-chairman of the Harlow Islamic Centre, said:
There has been a spike in hate crimes against Muslims in recent months following the death of Fusilier Lee Rigby outside Woolwich Barracks in south-east London in May.
Members of an Islamic centre which suffered a suspected overnight arson attempt said they are "very saddened" by the attack.
Police said the incident, at Harlow Islamic Centre in Paringdon Road, Harlow, Essex took place between 10.30pm and 4am.