Guardian: Members of an Islamic centre in Essex said they were “very saddened” by a fire at their mosque, which appears to have been targeted in an arson attack, one of a string of recent attacks on mosques and religious centres.
The damage was discovered when people arrived for prayers at 4am on Monday morning at the mosque in Harlow. Although the damage was limited, a determined attempt seems to have been made to destroy the building, with the police reporting that the doors had been sealed with foam.
Community leaders and the police appeared with the chairman of the Harlow Islamic Centre, Ajaib Hussain, at a press conference to denounce the attack.
Zia Rehman, vice-chairman of the centre, said: “We have been working very hard within the local community, building bridges, and we were hoping we wouldn’t have this kind of problem but in the current climate there are elements within society that are not happy and there are issues. It’s unfortunate and we are very saddened.”