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Man set on fire while walking home from mosque | UK | News

A man was set on fire as he walked home from a mosque, police have confirmed.

West Midlands Police issued a statement saying the force has launched an investigation after a man was “set alight” on Brixham Road in Edgbaston, Birmingham.

 

The incident occurred on Monday, March 20, just after 7pm.

It’s believed the man, who was walking home from Dudley Road mosque, was approached by a man.

The statement said: “He spoke to him briefly before spraying him with an unknown substance and then his jacket was set alight, causing burns to his face.

“He was taken to hospital with serious injuries which are thankfully not believed to be life threatening.

“We’re aware of a video being circulated on social media showing a man being set alight, and we’re examining it as part of our investigations.”

Supt James Spencer, from Birmingham police, said: “Our officers have been working through the night to establish what happened and who is responsible.

“We’re examining CCTV and speaking to witnesses and are determined to find out who is responsible.

“I’ve been speaking to people in this morning, and so I know just how concerned they are and that people are after answers.

“We are determined to find the person responsible and get those answers as soon as possible, and I’d urge the community to work with us and to avoid any speculation at this stage.”

Extra officers will be in the area today to speak to the community and to provide reassurance.

Anyone with information has been asked to get in touch via Live Chat, quoting log 4009 of 21 March.

Alternatively, get in touch via Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.

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