The Birmingham and London attacks were captured as the men set fire
A man has been arrested on suspicion of attempted murder, the Metropolitan Police said, after detectives linked two incidents in which Birmingham and London were set on fire.
Mohammad Riaz, 70, was set on fire on his way back from the Dudley Road mosque in the Edgbaston area of the city around 7pm on Monday.
Police say they are linked to a similar attack on a man who was walking back from the West London Islamic Center in Ealing on 27 February.
The suspect was arrested on Tuesday.
Detectives from Met’s Western Region Command are working closely with West Midlands Police, who are leading the investigation, to establish the full circumstances.
Senior Superintendent Sean Wilson, of the Met’s Western Region Command, said: “We completely understand the shock that reverberated throughout the community following this incident.
Muhammad Riaz was the victim of arson in Birmingham (Family Grant/PA)
Although a man has been arrested, we remain vigilant and urge locals to do the same.
“Highly visible patrols around Singapore Road will continue in the coming days to provide reassurance to the local population, and I urge anyone concerned to approach the officers.”
Anti-terrorism police support the investigations.
Officers keep an open mind regarding any possible motive at this point.
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