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Manchester mosque suffers 'significant' damage in suspected overnight arson attack

  • Manchester Nasfat Islamic Centre targeted by suspected vandals last night
  • Holy building has been badly damaged after being set on fire around 11.40pm
  • It took 30 firefighters to tackle the blaze which is being treated as suspicious

Manchester mosque has been significantly damaged in a suspected overnight arson attack.

The Manchester Nasfat Islamic Centre on Droylsden Road caught fire late on Sunday night.

Emergency services were called at around 11.40pm and around 30 firefighters worked to tackle the blaze, which is now being treated as suspicious.

Manchester mosque has been significantly damaged in a suspected overnight arson attack

Manchester mosque has been significantly damaged in a suspected overnight arson attack

The Manchester Nasfat Islamic Centre on Droylsden Road caught fire late on Sunday night

The Manchester Nasfat Islamic Centre on Droylsden Road caught fire late on Sunday night

Images taken by witnesses show flames 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 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 Droylsden Road in Newton Heath to reports of a fire. We sent five pumps to the scene and an investigation is now underway.'

The exact cause of the fire is yet unknown but fire investigators are expected to start work on the scene today

The exact cause of the fire is yet unknown but fire investigators are expected to start work on the scene today

A spokesman for GMP added: 'The fire is being treated as suspicious and a joint investigation has been launched by GMP and GMFRS.'

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 said people have also urinated outside and two pigs' heads have been thrown into the mosque during worship.

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