Assistant Imam Attacked in Denbighshire

July 11, 2006

Source: BBC News

On July 11, 2006 BBC News reported, "Friends of an assistant imam attacked on his way to a mosque say the assault has left people shocked and nervous. Naeem Mohammad, 29, lost two teeth and needed 15 stitches following the assault near the Islamic Cultural Centre in Rhyl, Denbighshire.

He spent a third day in hospital after being re-admitted when his condition worsened, and is still unable to talk.

Family friend Tabinda Chaudhry said the two attackers were sober and "knew what they were doing".

She described the incident as isolated but said it had caused much concern in the community.

Mr Mohammad was on his way to morning prayers at about 2.30am last Wednesday when he was approached by two men.

Speaking from his bedside at Glan Clwyd Hospital in Rhyl, Ms Chaudhry said: 'They asked him "where are you from?". He just said "India".

They asked him again, "Hindu or Muslim"? He said, "I'm a Muslim". He was walking and straight away they punched him on his face.