British police have said that counter-terrorism police are investigating a case of murder in which a man was set on fire as he left a mosque.
According to the French news agency AFP, a man was arrested after the attack in the Edgbaston area of Birmingham at seven o’clock on Monday.
On the evening of February 27, an 82-year-old man was set on fire outside a mosque in the Ealing area of west London.
Birmingham police say they were aware of the attack earlier. “We are working closely with the Metropolitan Police to assess whether these incidents are linked,” the spokesman said.
West Midlands Police Chief Constable Richard North said counter-terrorism police were assisting with the investigation. “They had access to special skills to assess the situation,” he said.
It is believed that in the latest attack, the man was on his way home from a nearby mosque when he was sprayed with an unknown substance, after which his jacket caught fire.
His face was burnt after which he was rushed to hospital where his condition is out of danger.