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- Mr Al Haffar gave an impassioned speech to reporters outside the Burton Road mosque where he expressed his community’s sorrow at the atrocity which took place in the city on Monday.
- “We are concerned about reports we are receiving about anti-Muslim acts, these are terrible, ranging from verbal abuse to acts of criminal damage to mosques in and outside the area.” he told the crowded press area.
- Muslims have been subjected to verbal abuse and even property damage since the Manchester Arena bombing took place on Monday night according to Fawaz Al Haffar, a trustee of Manchester Islamic Centre and Didsbury Mosque.
- Didsbury Mosque, which has found itself at the centre of the Manchester Arena investigation thanks to press reports, says that the bomber as named by police never worked there. Mr Al Haffar said “This bomber has never worked in this centre. We express concern that a small section of the media are manufacturing stories and making unfounded points without any verification, context or corroboration.”
- Mr Al Haffar added that the Manchester Islamic Centre thanked the police and the emergency services as well as ordinary people of all ages who “provided assistance in the immediate aftermath of this atrocity”.