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Arson arrest over Newton Heath mosque attack

Nasfat Manchester Islamic Centre Image copyright AFP
Image caption The attack on the mosque was being treated as a "hate crime", police said

A man has been arrested on suspicion of arson over an attack on a mosque.

The fire that broke out on 16 July at the Nasfat Islamic Centre building on Droylsden Road, Newton Heath, was being treated as a "hate crime", Greater Manchester Police said.

A force spokesman said a man had approached the premises that evening and forced open a window before placing an "unknown accelerant" inside.

The arrested 23-year-old has been released under investigation.

The fire, which was discovered at about 23:40 BST by officers on patrol, damaged a prayer room and three classrooms.

Det Ch Insp Paul Walker said officers were "still working hard to establish the full circumstances around the arson attack".

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