Two injured in hit-and-run outside mosque as police refuse to rule out terror

Police have refused to rule out a terror attack after two men were left covered in blood’ following a hit-and-run outside a mosque in Birmingham.

One of the men suffered a head injury and the other was described as walking wounded after they were hit outside The Shah Jalal Mosque.

Local people said two men were left covered in blood after the incident, with one victim being knocked on to the bonnet of a parked car, which police have since covered with a blue forensic tent.

Officers from West Midlands Police were called to the Aston area at about 2.15pm on Friday after they received reports that two men in their 20s had been hurt.

A worshipper who was attending prayers at the mosque, who declined to give his name, said: "It was shocking to see the guys afterwards.

"It was like something out of a movie and it was really, really shocking."

Community activist Desmond Jaddoo urged local people not to speculate about the motive for the incident, amid rumours that it may be linked to a dispute between groups of youths.

Mr Jaddoo said: "It’s concerning what’s happened today. Two young men have been injured quite badly and it’s caused a lot of tension within the local community at present.

"Clearly there is a need for calm.

"The police need to be allowed to conduct their investigations and personally I would urge anyone who knows anything about what has happened to contact the police."

Detective Inspector Greg Evans said: "The investigation is at an early stage and we’re still trying to establish exactly what has happened.

"At this time we have not ruled in or out the potential that this could be terror-related but we’re keeping an open mind until we have investigated further.

"I’d really like to hear from anyone who has any information or CCTV of the incident or who may have dash cam footage."

Police are trying to trace the driver of the car, which was described as being silver in colour.

Birmingham Labour MP Shabana Mahmood wrote: "Shocking incident in Aston has caused huge concern across the local community.

"I’d urge anyone with information to come forward and help the police with their investigations."

The incident has been described as "deplorable" on social media.

Javed Iqbal wrote on Twitter: "Such attacks are not acceptable in our communities thoughts and prayers are with the injured and the community in such HARSH time’s. Time to unite."

The mosque was not immediately available for comment.

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