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Arson attack at Birmingham community centre

Community centre building
Image caption Nobody was injured in the attack

A Birmingham community centre has been damaged in an arson attack.

Windows were smashed in the incident at the junction of Bordesley Green and Imperial Road, Bordesley Green, early on Wednesday. Nobody was injured.

Police said they would like to speak to four young Asian men seen near to the centre who left in a silver Honda.

On Monday the centre was used as a venue for a press conference after a Birmingham couple, Gul and Begum Wazir, from Alum Rock, died in Pakistan.

Offenders smashed front windows at the site in Bordesley Green at about 0100 BST on Wednesday before setting fire to a seating area.

'Honour killing'

Firefighters arrived quickly on the scene and the building suffered only superficial damage, police said.

A spokesman for West Midlands Police said: "We would like to speak to four young Asian males seen near the centre and leaving in a silver Honda car, possibly a Civic.

"The building wasn't badly damaged but obviously this kind of act had the potential to be much more serious."

Reports that Gul and Begum Wazir died in a suspected "honour killing" have been rejected by people who have spoken to relatives.

The couple travelled to Pakistan last week to apparently settle an arranged marriage dispute involving their daughter.

But Lajbar Khan, of the Birmingham Pashtun Association, has said the motive for the killings is unclear.

Police have said a man threatened the family in Birmingham last week.

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