Two arrested after police called to 'disturbance' at Cardiff mosque

Credit: Yusuf Khan

Two people have been arrested after allegedly forcing their way into a Cardiff mosque in the early hours of Sunday morning.

Police were called to "a disturbance" at the Dar Ul Isra Community Centre at 1:23 am on Sunday 2 June.

Two men, aged 18 and 19, were arrested and are being held in police custody. Nobody inside the mosque was injured.

The mosque is just a short distance from Cathays Railway Station. Credit: Yusuf Khan

Student journalist Yusuf Khan, who lives in the area, was walking past the area at the time of the incident and describes seeing "four or five police cars". He added: "I saw police carrying a man out of the mosque".

A joint statement from Muslim Council Wales and Dar ul Isra Community Center said:

"One individual was apprehended on the grounds of the mosque and another individual ran from the scene and was also apprehended".

It continued:

"Whist apprehending the individuals, members of the centre security team suffered minor injuries. They were treated at hospital and have since been released".

The Dar Ul Isra Community Centre in Cathays. Credit: Google streetview

South Wales Police posted an update on the incident on Sunday afternoon, a twitter post warned:

"A number of media outlets are reporting that ‘two men stormed the ladies section of the mosque.’ This is incorrect and could negatively impact the investigation that took place in the street".

A separate incident in the area led to road closures, with buses redirected, and the Cathays Railway Station closed.

Police confirmed these measures were taken in relation to a reported stabbing - a murder investigation has since been launched.

Read more: Murder investigation launched as man dies after reported stabbing in Cardiff

For Muslims, it is currently the holy month of Ramadan when many fast from dawn until sunset.

It is traditional to gather in mosques and community centres to break the fast at the end of each day.

A spokesperson for The Dar Ul Isra mosque confirmed the centre is still open and "operating as usual" with an increased security presence.