Muezzin stabbed nine times inside mosque

Muezzin stabbed nine times inside mosque
Updated 22 April 2014

Muezzin stabbed nine times inside mosque

Muezzin stabbed nine times inside mosque

Riyadh police have arrested a man who stabbed a “muezzin” (man who calls Muslims to prayer) nine times inside a local mosque at dawn on Saturday.
The incident took place at the Al-Rabiah Mosque in the Sahafa district in what appears to be a crime motivated by family dispute.
The victim was found by a Saudi couple who happened to be passing by at the time of the incident. Their discovery prompted the woman to appeal for help from neighbors using the mosque’s microphone.
The suspect is said to be the man’s brother-in-law, sabq.org reported quoting the victim. “He entered the mosque with the intention to kill him and fled following the arrival of a Syrian expat, who had tried to stop him,” said one source.
The Saudi couple, who live nearby, were going back home when they noticed the Syrian worshipper running after the assailant and had approached the scene to ask what was happening, after which they discovered the victim lying in a pool of blood.
“Local residents woke up following the woman’s call for help and rushed inside the mosque,” said the victim. “I was transferred to a hospital emergency ward at a local hospital.” The district’s police patrols arrived at the suspect’s house upon receiving the report and arrested him and seized the knife he used to stab his brother.
The suspect confessed to his crime during preliminary investigations, which he said is the result of several family disputes. He remains detained awaiting prosecution.