JNN 06 Dec 2013 Melbourne : Australian Muslims woke up on Thursday, December 5, to the horrible news of the death of a Muslim man who was stabbed along with two other Muslim worshippers inside a Melbourne mosque.
“Three men were stabbed during the incident and one of those men has since died,” a police statement was quoted by Guardian Australia.
According to witnesses, the attack occurred when a man, seemingly agitated, tried to enter the Broadmeadows Turkish Islamic and Cultural Centre in Dallas just before 11am on Thursday.
The crime occurred when the three elderly men in the mosque tried to prevent the agitated man entering the mosque
“He has attempted to gain entry to the mosque but was refused due to his agitated state,” Detective Senior Sergeant Stuart Bailey said.
Bailey said there were about 40 people inside the mosque at the time, many of whom were female and elderly
“The male has produced a knife and stabbed all three of the 70-year-old men,” he said.
“It’s a horrific attack on three elderly gentlemen that were just trying to go about their normal business at the mosque,” Bailey added.
Along with the Muslim men, a sergeant was also assaulted when trying to control the man, who was eventually arrested by six officers.
Police initially used capsicum spray on the attacker in the car park connected to the centre, which did not stop him.
They then used a taser stun-gun on him on the street.
The man who died was from Glenroy, those taken to hospital were from Mickleham and Craigieburn.
The attacker was taken to hospital for treatment, where he remains under police guard.
The attack, the first of its kind in one of Victoria’s largest Muslim populations, shocked the Muslim community.
“This is a very tightly knit community, so it’s a shock for this to happen. I don’t think there’s any deep-seated tension in the community,” YesimAksu, whose father attends the Broadmeadows mosque, told Guardian Australia
“Some people have got annoyed and abusive in the past, but I’ve never seen violence in the area.”
The mosque on King Street is one of the longest-established in Melbourne.
Community tensions have recently flared over a proposal to build another mosque nearby in Coolaroo.