Mosque targeted by 'arsonists' for third time in a year after yobs hurl pig's head into building

Police are hunting suspected arsonists after a mosque was targeted for the third time in a year.

The Manchester Nasfat Islamic Centre has also had two pig’s heads thrown into it and had people urinating outside in a spate of vile attacks.

More than 30 firefighters tackled the blaze at the mosque, which broke out at 11:40pm on Sunday.

Flames could be seen coming from the roof of the building, lighting up the sky and surrounding houses.

A spokesman for the centre said there was no one inside at the time, and that they received a call in the night to say ‘it was being attacked’.

The flames could be seen pouring from the roof
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More than 30 firefighters have tackled the blaze
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Firefighters have launched an investigation into the blaze
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The exact cause of the fire is yet unknown but fire investigators are expected to start work on the scene on Monday.

GMFRS confirmed: “We were called at 11.43pm to Newton Heath to reports of a fire. We sent five pumps to the scene and an investigation is now underway.”

A spokesman for GMP told the Manchester Evening News: “The fire is being treated as suspicious and a joint investigation has been launched by GMP and GMFRS.”

Firefighters were called to the scene
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Crews can be seen tackling the blaze
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The mosque says this is the third time they have been targeted in a year
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In 2014, a minibus the centre uses to ferry young and elderly visitors to the mosque, was torched.

Monsurat Adebanjo-Aremu, secretary, says this is the third such major fire incident in a year.

She says people have also urinated outside and two pigs’ heads have been thrown into the mosque during worship.

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