By Mehmet Solmaz
BIRMINGHAM, England (AA) — A man in Birmingham has been arrested on suspicion of attempted murder after an 82-year-old Muslim worshipper was set on fire as he walked home from the Dudley Road Mosque.
The West Midlands police said the attacker spoke to the victim briefly before spraying him with an unknown substance and before setting his jacket alight, causing burns on his face.
"He was taken to hospital with serious injuries which are thankfully not believed to be life threatening," said Birmingham police commander Richard North.
"We're examining CCTV and speaking to witnesses. I've been speaking to people this morning, and so I know just how concerned they are and that people are after answers. We are determined to get those answers as soon as possible, and I'd urge the community to work with us and to avoid any speculation at this stage," added Chief Superintendent North.
Police said they were also aware of a similar incident that took place in West London on Feb. 27 and are working with the Metropolitan Police Service to uncover any possible links.
North said the investigation continues with support from counter terrorism police, who have access to specialist capabilities to help establish the full circumstances surrounding the incident.
"We have officers patrolling the local area to reassure people and we are visiting local faith establishments to keep them informed. We would ask the public to be vigilant and report any suspicious behavior to us."