A 58-year-old surgeon was taken to hospital with a stab wound to his neck following an assault outside the Altrincham Islamic Centre, in Greater Manchester on Sunday.
Labeling the attack a hate crime and not a terrorism related incident, the local police have said that Dr. Nasser Kurdy was attacked by two men, aged 32 and 54, who were arrested within an hour of the attack. “Police are not looking for any other suspects,” he added.
The incident has been reported widely. According to the Independent, Assistant Chief Constable Russ Jackson has said that it was a very nasty and unprovoked attack against a ‘much-loved local man’.
While the victim has been discharged from the hospital, according to his colleague Dr. Khalid Anis, a spokesman for the Altrincham and Hale Muslim Association, he was ‘very lucky’.
Dr. Anis, who was with his friend moments after the attack, said: “It could have been very, very serious.”
“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,” he added.
Dr. Anis further said that the fact they attacked an orthopaedic consultant who devoted his life to helping others is really ‘quite poignant’.
While other Muslim leaders have condemned the attack, Harun Khan, secretary general of the Muslim Council of Britain (MCB), said on Sunday: “We are shocked to hear of the stabbing of a prominent Muslim surgeon outside Altrincham Mosque today in what the Greater Manchester Police have described as a hate crime.”
“We are relieved to hear that the victim s injuries are not currently critical. Our prayers are with the victim, his family and the local community,” he added.
Manchester Central Mosque said in a statement on Facebook the victim is a consultant orthopaedic surgeon at Wythenshawe Hospital, and occasionally does the sermon at Friday prayers