Muslim-owned shops in Birmingham attacked with 'guns and hammers'

UPDATE: On Thursday afternoon, a West Midlands Police spokesperson told i100.co.uk that they believe the attacks were "targeted and not connected to ethnicity or religion".

Inspector Jenny Richards, from Stechford police station, said: “Our investigation suggests that the attacks were not random, but we continue to appeal to the local community for information, no matter how insignificant it may seem."

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Eight Muslim-owned businesses were attacked in two separate incidents in Birmingham on Saturday night and Monday night.

Witnesses claim groups of men shot at and used hammers to attack the shops, restaurants and boutiques in the Small Heath and Sparkbrook areas of the city. There were no reported injuries.

On Thursday morning, a West Midlands Police spokesperson told i100.co.uk that there was no known motive for the attacks and it was unclear if the two incidents were actually linked.

We don’t know for sure what the motive was at the moment. It could be completely indiscriminate. Unfortunately this is the sort of thing that yobs like to do.

  • West Midlands Police spokesperson
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