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Manchester imam stabbed near mosque by attacker

  • An imam has been stabbed in the neck outside the Altrincham Islamic Centre
  • The injured man was taken to hospital has been named as being Dr Nasser Kurdy
  • Police treating it as a hate crime after the attacker made 'anti-Muslim comments'

By Abe Hawken For Mailonline

Published: 16:01 EDT, 24 September 2017 | Updated: 05:50 EDT, 25 September 2017

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An imam was rushed to hospital after he was stabbed outside a mosque by an attacker who reportedly made 'anti-Muslim comments'.

Police have launched an investigation after Dr Nasser Kurdy was attacked with a knife outside the Altrincham Islamic Centre in Greater Manchester on Sunday.

Andrew Western, Labour councillor for Sale, Greater Manchester, said his thoughts are 'with him and his family.'

Dr Kurdy, 58, a consultant orthopaedic surgeon, and some people had already made their way into the mosque when he was attacked at around 6pm.

Dr Nasser Kurdy
Dr Nasser Kurdy

Police have launched an investigation after Dr Nasser Kurdy was attacked with a knife outside the Altrincham Islamic Centre in Greater Manchester on Sunday

Dr Nasser Kurdy was injured
Dr Nasser Kurdy was injured
He was stabbed on Sunday
He was stabbed on Sunday

The imam was named on Twitter as being Dr Nasser Kurdy (pictured) and he was rushed to hospital 

He has been discharged from hospital, according to his colleague Dr Khalid Anis, a spokesman for the Altrincham & Hale Muslim Association, who said he was 'very lucky'. 

Greater Manchester Police is treating the attack as a hate crime and confirmed they have made two arrests. They have arrested two men in relation to the attack. 

A video posted on Facebook following reports of the stabbing purportedly shows the victim immediately after the attack.

He can be seen sitting on a bench clutching at his neck and appears to be in some pain as people attend to him.

The footage shows them asking him about his attacker. At first he appears unable to answer and another person is overheard saying he was 'hit' by something in a man's hand: 'I don't think it was that sharp.' 

He has been discharged from hospital, according to his colleague Dr Khalid Anis, a spokesman for the Altrincham & Hale Muslim Association, who said he was 'very lucky'
He has been discharged from hospital, according to his colleague Dr Khalid Anis, a spokesman for the Altrincham & Hale Muslim Association, who said he was 'very lucky'

He has been discharged from hospital, according to his colleague Dr Khalid Anis, a spokesman for the Altrincham & Hale Muslim Association, who said he was 'very lucky'

Assistant Chief Constable Russ Jackson said: 'This is a very nasty and unprovoked attack against a much-loved local man.' 

Dr Anis, who was with his friend moments after the attack, said: 'It could have been very, very serious.

'He said he noticed someone cross the road and then somebody just attacked him from behind.

'There were definitely abusive comments made - obviously he was in shock at the time, he had just been stabbed so the detail of those comments I don't know but there were definitely abusive comments made by the attackers at the door of the mosque.

'We understand it was a knife - he is very lucky.

'It's obviously out of the blue, it's shocked the whole community.

'It's not just a criminal act against the Muslim community or one individual, it's the people living in Altrincham, I think we all feel that.

'The fact they attacked an orthopaedic consultant who devoted his life to helping others is really quite poignant.' 

Officers arrived at the Altrincham Islamic Centre after Dr Kurdy was stabbed in the neck on Sunday 
Officers arrived at the Altrincham Islamic Centre after Dr Kurdy was stabbed in the neck on Sunday 

Officers arrived at the Altrincham Islamic Centre after Dr Kurdy was stabbed in the neck on Sunday 

Police confirmed they are treating the incident as a hate crime and said they have made two arrests
Police confirmed they are treating the incident as a hate crime and said they have made two arrests

Police confirmed they are treating the incident as a hate crime and said they have made two arrests

Councillor Western tweeted: 'Shocked and saddened to hear of stabbing of Dr Nasser Kurdy outside Altrincham mosque. Thoughts with him and his family.' 

Secretary General of the Muslim Council of Britain, Miqdaad Versi, added: 'Muslim orthopaedic surgeon stabbed in neck outside Altrincham Mosque. Reports that perpetrator (now arrested) made anti-Muslim comments.'

A spokesman for the Altrincham Islamic Centre told the Manchester Evening News: 'Nothing like this has ever happened before and it does not reflect the community.

'In my experience community relations are very good and it is a very safe area; it is shocking for all of us.

'I would like to invite anybody to come to talk to us and if they harbour any ill will then to come and find out more about us.

'My message to the congregation is to not be deterred from coming here.

'One thing that our scripture tells us is to repel evil with kindness.'  

A friend of Dr Kurdy said he will be kept in hospital overnight after ending up with a 3cm wound. 

They told the paper: 'He is a lovely guy, very gentle, loved by the community Muslim and non-Muslim alike.

'He needs stitches and will be kept in hospital overnight, he is incredibly lucky.

'This incident has really shaken us.'  

Greater Manchester Police said in a statement: 'Officers have arrested two people after a hate crime in Hale.

'At around 5.50pm on Sunday 24 September 2017 police were called to reports that a man had been stabbed outside the Islamic Cultural Centre, Grove Lane.

'Emergency services attended and a man in his 60s has been taken to hospital with a stab wound to the back of his neck.

'Two men aged 54 and 32 were arrested nearby in connection with the incident and remain in custody for questioning.

'Officers are treating this as a hate crime and are appealing for people with information to come forward.'

Police arrested two men aged 54 and 32 in connection with the incident and remain in custody for questioning
Police arrested two men aged 54 and 32 in connection with the incident and remain in custody for questioning

Police arrested two men aged 54 and 32 in connection with the incident and remain in custody for questioning

The imam was stabbed outside Altrincham Islamic Centre (pictured) on Sunday and police have now launched an investigation
The imam was stabbed outside Altrincham Islamic Centre (pictured) on Sunday and police have now launched an investigation

The imam was stabbed outside Altrincham Islamic Centre (pictured) on Sunday and police have now launched an investigation

Greater Manchester Police rushed to the scene (pictured) after Dr Kurdy was stabbed in the neck
Greater Manchester Police rushed to the scene (pictured) after Dr Kurdy was stabbed in the neck

Greater Manchester Police rushed to the scene (pictured) after Dr Kurdy was stabbed in the neck

GMP's Detective Inspector Ben Cottam, said: 'As with any investigation, our primary concern is for the victim and, thanks to the quick response from our colleagues in the ambulance service, he is currently receiving treatment for his injuries.

'He was attacked in broad daylight as he made his way to the mosque and while we are yet to gather all the evidence, we can be sure that there is no place for hate crime on our streets and we will do all that we can to take action against those who jeopardise the safety of others.

'We have two people in custody who were arrested a short time after the call came in but need people who witnessed the attack or those who have information to contact us.

Anyone with information should contact police on 101 quoting reference number 1646 of 24/09/17 or the independent charity Crimestoppers, anonymously, on 0800 555 111.

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