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.
An eyewitness has told local media that there were a dozen worshippers in the mosque when a man attacked with a petrol bomb. An imam died as a result of smake inhalation, and another person was injured. Azzedine Laghmish told Belgium's national broadcaster RTBF:
A man has been taken into custody following an arson attack on a mosque in the Brussels suburb of Anderlecht, police spokeswoman Marie Verbeke told AFP.
An imam has died after an arson attack on a mosque in the Anderlecht district of Brussels in Belgium. Witnesses said a man entered the mosque before throwing a petrol bomb. Initial reports said the imam, 47, died of smoke inhalation, and one other person was injured.