Somali Muslim went on a stabbing inside an UK mosque with sharp knife. Three men - including a policeman seriously injured.
Mosque Stabbings: Police And Locals 'Heroic'
Three people were "seriously" injured when a knifeman went on a stabbing spree inside the mosque.
UK | News Sky dot Com | 16 June 2013:: Police have praised the efforts of officers and the community as "heroic" after three men - including a policeman - were stabbed at a mosque.
They were stabbed with a large combat knife by a fellow worshipper inside the Washwood Heath Muslim Centre in the Ward End area on Saturday night.
A group of worshippers confronted the attacker, who is not known to the mosque, before police arrived minutes later at around 11pm.
One officer used a taser on the suspect but it failed to have an affect on him, said Chief Superintendent Alex Murray. The policeman was knifed in the chest and stomach, around his stab-proof vest.
Chief Supt Murray said: "The work of those officers was heroic and the work of some of the people in the mosque assisting those officers was also heroic."
A 32-year-old man, believed to be of Somali origin, has been arrested on suspicion of attempted murder and is currently in custody.
Reports suggest an argument may have broken out between members inside the building prior to the attack. Police said there was no information to suggest it was a hate crime.
Witness Arshad Mahmood told Sky News: "Everyone was frightened you know, it was so sudden and he had a proper knife with him.
"A few of us we went to stop him, one of the guys was strong enough to stop him. Then I held his hand - the guy who also tried to stop him had an injury on his thigh.
"After a few minutes, a police officer came and he also attacked the police officer."
Three victims, including the officer, suffered "serious" injuries but they are all said to be "stable". One worshipper was stabbed in the arm and one in the leg, while another was slightly hurt.
Mohammed Shafiq, the leader of national Muslim organisation the Ramadhan Foundation, said a nearby resident overheard an argument coming from inside the mosque and believes it followed a dispute between members. See more>>>