Police investigate fire at previously targeted Manchester mosque

A fire broke out at the Manchester Nasfat Islamic Center late Sunday night. (Photo courtesy: Facebook/MEN MEDIA)
Updated 17 July 2017
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Police investigate fire at previously targeted Manchester mosque

DUBAI: Police in the British city of Manchester are treating as suspicious a fire at a mosque which was previously targeted in a spate of racist attacks.
The Manchester Nasfat Islamic Center has, in the past, had two pig heads thrown in during prayers and was subjected to people urinating on the building, Monsurat Adebanjo-Aremu, branch secretary of the centre, told the Manchester Evening News.
A fire broke out at the center at 11.40 p.m. on Sunday before it was tackled by more than 30 firefighters.
A spokesman said the mosque’s leaders had received a call during the night saying the building “was being attached.”
A spokesman for the Greater Manchester Police (GMP) told the Manchester Evening News: “The fire is being treated as suspicious and a joint investigation has been launched by GMP and GMFRS (Greater Manchester Fire and Rescue Service).”
GMFRS confirmed: “We were called at 11.43pm to Newton Heath to reports of a fire. We sent five pumps to the scene and an investigation is now underway.”


UK teen gets 2 years for targeting CIA chief’s phone, email

Updated 50 min 8 sec ago
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UK teen gets 2 years for targeting CIA chief’s phone, email

LONDON: A British teenager has been sentenced to two years in a youth detention center for compromising the email and phone accounts of senior US government officials in what a judge called acts of “cyber-terrorism.”
Prosecutors say Kane Gamble conned call centers during 2015-16 into revealing information that got him into the accounts of then-FBI director Mark Giuliano, then-Secretary of Homeland Security Jeh Johnson, then-CIA chief John Brennan and other officials.
They say Gamble, who was part of a group of hackers called “Crackas With Attitude,” put some of the information he gathered online.
Gamble pleaded guilty last year. The 18-year-old was sentenced to youth custody on Friday in a London criminal court.
Judge Charles Haddon-Cave said his “nasty campaign of politically motivated cyber-terrorism” had left victims feeling violated.