Suspect arrested after second mosque visitor set on fire in horrific attack

The attack in Shenstone Road, Edgbaston was caught on CCTV

A suspect has been arrested on suspicion of attempted murder after a man was set on fire following a visit a mosque in Birmingham.

The elderly victim suffered facial burns after his jacket was set alight in Shenstone Road, Edgbaston yesterday evening.

Counter-terrorism police are looking into whether the incident is linked to a similar attack outside a mosque in west London where an 82-year-old man was set on fire.

“It’s believed the man, who was walking home from Dudley Road Mosque, was approached by a man," a police spokesperson said in a statement.

“He spoke to him briefly before spraying him with an unknown substance and then his jacket was set alight, causing burns to his face.

“He was taken to hospital with serious injuries which are thankfully not believed to be life-threatening.”

Police hunt suspect after pensioner set alight outside Mosque

Chief Superintendent Richard North said: “Our investigation continues with support from Counter Terrorism Policing West Midlands CTU who have access to specialist capabilities to help establish the full circumstances surrounding the incident.

“We have officers patrolling the local area to reassure people and we are visiting local faith establishments to keep them informed.”

Extra officers will be in the area to speak to the community and to provide reassurance.

Birmingham City councillors eand the community safety team are reportedly speaking to the victim and his family.

“Council officers, local councillors and MP have also been engaging with community groups and local mosques to offer support to the wider community," the council said.

Anyone with information is asked to contact West Midlands Police via Live Chat on the force website or to contact Crimestoppers, anonymously, on 0800 555 111.

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