Counter terrorism probe after five Birmingham mosques attacked with sledgehammers overnight

Five mosques in Birmingham had their windows smashed in with sledgehammers overnight on Thursday (SWNS)
West Midlands Police has asked anyone with information on the attacks to come forward.
counter-terrorism investigation is under way after five Birmingham mosqueshad their windows smashed with sledgehammers overnight.
Officers were called at 2.32am on Thursday after reports of an attack on a mosque on Birchfield Road in Birmingham, West Midlands Police said.
Counter terrorism police have launched a probe into the attacks (SWNS)
GV of Witton Islamic Centre in Birmingham was one of four mosques attacked with a sledghammer on March 21, 2019 (SWNS)
Shortly after the incident, police were called to a second mosque attack on Slade Road in Erdington at 3.14am.
Following the second report, patrols started in areas with mosques, before officers discovered further damage to a mosque on Witton Road, Aston and on Broadway, Perry Barr.

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Later on Thursday, pictures posted on social media showing smashed windows at the Mosque and Muslim Community Centre in Albert Road, Aston.
Police said forensic officers are working to identify evidence, while CCTV is also being examined,
The force also confirmed neighbourhood officers are working closely with mosques around the West Midlands on Thursday.
The attacks are being treated as linked. West Midlands Police and West Midlands Counter Terrorism Unit are yet to establish the motive.
The incidents follow news of the devastating mosque attacks in Christchurch, New Zealand, which claimed the lives of 50 people and left dozens seriously injured.
Terror suspect Brenton Tarrant has been charged with murder and is due to reappear in court on April 5.
Security has been tightened in areas with mosques across the West Midlands (PA)
Members of the Birmingham Muslim community had already spoken of their fears following the New Zealand terror attack which left 50 people dead (SWNS)
West Midlands Police Chief Constable Dave Thompson said: ‘Since the tragic events in Christchurch, New Zealand, officers and staff from West Midlands Police have been working closely with our faith partners across the region to offer reassurance and support at mosques, churches and places of prayer.
‘At the moment we don’t know the motive for last night’s attacks.
The Mosque and Muslim Community Centre Aston on Albert Road suffered damage in the wave of attacks across Birmingham (SWNS)
West Midlands Police have appealed for more information on the incidents, which are being treated as linked (Sky News)
‘What I can say is that the force and the Counter Terrorism Unit are working side-by-side to find whoever is responsible.’
Mr Thompson added: ‘At difficult times like this, it is incredibly important that everyone unites against those who seek to create discord, uncertainty and fear in our communities.’



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