Mosque leader suspects 'anti-Muslim attack' in Essex

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:

We have been working very hard within the local community, building bridges, and we were hoping we wouldn't have this kind of problem, but in the current climate there are elements within society that are not happy and there are issues.

– Zia Rehman

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.

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Arson suspected in mosque fire

Members of an Essex Islamic centre that suffered a suspected overnight arson attempt said they are "very saddened" by the attack. Police are investigating the motives behind the incident.