Police arrest two teenagers ‘after pair forced their way into a Cardiff mosque’

Two people have been arrested after allegedly forcing their way into a Cardiff mosque in the early hours of Sunday morning.

The incident took place at 1.30am at the Dar Ul Isra community centre in the student area of Cathays.

It has been reported that another man has been stabbed to death in a what is said to be an unrelated incident earlier on.

In a joint statement with the Muslim Council of Wales, the mosque said: ‘Nobody from the mosque was injured and the police have arrested the two individuals who were involved.

The incident took place at 1.30am at the Dar Ul Isra community centre. Police were pictured outside and have arrested two people in connection with the incident

The incident took place at 1.30am at the Dar Ul Isra community centre. Police were pictured outside and have arrested two people in connection with the incident

The incident took place at 1.30am at the Dar Ul Isra community centre. Police were pictured outside and have arrested two people in connection with the incident

South Wales Police said that two men, aged 18 and 19 who are both from the Cardiff area, are in custody after the incident at the mosque (pictured)

South Wales Police said that two men, aged 18 and 19 who are both from the Cardiff area, are in custody after the incident at the mosque (pictured)

South Wales Police said that two men, aged 18 and 19 who are both from the Cardiff area, are in custody after the incident at the mosque (pictured) 

More than 100 worshippers were inside the building as part of Ramadan when the men turned up.

‘The police are now dealing [with] this situation and continuing their investigations.

‘We thank South Wales Police for their swift response.’

For Muslims, it is currently the holy month of Ramadan when many fast from dawn until sunset.

It is traditional to gather in mosques and community centres to break the fast at the end of each day.

In a joint statement with the Muslim Council of Wales, the mosque said: 'Nobody from the mosque was injured'

In a joint statement with the Muslim Council of Wales, the mosque said: 'Nobody from the mosque was injured'

In a joint statement with the Muslim Council of Wales, the mosque said: ‘Nobody from the mosque was injured’ 

South Wales Police said that two men, aged 18 and 19 who are both from the Cardiff area, are in custody.

Police said they were quickly arrested and officers are not currently looking for anybody else in connection with the incident.

Worshipper Dr Mohammad Al-Amri, said: ‘This morning was terrifying and stressful moments for all of us and our kids.’

Journalism student Yusef Khan said: ‘I was walking passed around 1.30am and there was three police cars and a van.

‘A person was carried out by police.’

Officers went to a lane behind Cathays Railway station at around 12.30am after being told a man has been stabbed

Officers went to a lane behind Cathays Railway station at around 12.30am after being told a man has been stabbed

Officers went to a lane behind Cathays Railway station at around 12.30am after being told a man has been stabbed

A spokesman for South Wales Police said: ‘Officers responded to a disturbance which took place outside the Darul Isma Muslim Community Centre at 1.23am on 2nd June, 2019.

‘Two men, aged 18 and 19, both from the Cardiff area, have been arrested in connection with the incident and they are currently in police custody.’

Officers went to a lane behind Cathays Railway station at around 12.30am after being told a man has been stabbed.

The victim was taken to the University Hospital of Wales but later died of his injuries.

A murder investigation has been launched into his death.

Dar Ul Isra community centre has received up to 400 worshippers a night to break fast during Ramadam.

Police also sealed off the nearby Cathays train station and a huge section of road surrounding Cardiff University but insist it was not related to the mosque attack.

 

 

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