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Attack on Mushin Ahmed was ‘a hate crime’ says cop

Issue No. 2469

Police are treating an attack on Mushin Ahmed in Rotherham, South Yorkshire, as a hate crime.

Mushin was on his way to morning prayers at his mosque when he was attacked on 10 August. He died 11 days later.

Detective chief inspector Zaf Ali said the police “are treating this as a hate crime”.

Mushin Ahmed’s family said in a statement, “The family is heartbroken. Thank you to everyone for your prayers, support and offers of help. The expressions of grief and sadness as well as the flowers are greatly appreciated.”

Two men, Damien Hunt and Kieran John Rice, have been charged in connection with the assault. Two other men have been arrested and bailed.

Campaigners in the town have warned that repeated protests by far right groups would create a more racist climate. The fascist Britain First group planned to protest in the town this Saturday.

Join the Unite Against Fascism counter protest—Saturday 5 September, 12.30pm, All Saints Square. UAF is also mobilising against fascists in Slough and Croydon on the same day—see uaf.org.uk

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