A mosque that has previously had pigs’ heads thrown at it has been seriously damaged in a suspected arson attack.

The Manchester Nasfat Islamic Centre was badly damaged by a blaze late on Sunday, with three classrooms described as having been gutted.

Greater Manchester Police said the fire is being treated as suspicious and an investigation is under way.

Three classrooms and a worship area at the Islamic centre were badly damaged

Monsurat Adebanjo-Aremu, branch secretary of the centre, told the Manchester Evening News that men have urinated outside the building and two pigs’ heads were once thrown into the mosque during worship.

She said that three classrooms were gutted by the blaze and described damage to the main area of worship as “severe”.

Investigators outside the Nasfat Islamic Centre CREDIT: SEAN HANSFORD/MANCHESTER EVENING NEWS
Around 30 firefighters were called to the scene, in Droylsden Road, at around 11.40pm.

A spokesman for the mosque said officials had received a call to say the centre was “being attacked”.

No one was inside at the time and no injuries were reported.