A teenage Muslim boy has been stabbed several times outside a mosque in Birmingham, UK, leaving the 14-year-old victim in critical condition.
Police cordoned off the crime scene in Herbert Road while specialist police teams carried out forensic investigations.
The incident occurred on Friday night when the boy was dropped off at the Idaara Maarif-e-Islam mosque, commonly known as Hussainia, by his father, who went to park the car.
“It happened on the pavement. By the time the dad parked his car his son was on the floor. There was a young man who was brutally beating the boy with a knife," Azhar Kiana, the president of the mosque, told local media on Saturday.
“There was blood everywhere; he was hitting the boy’s neck and head. Then the attacker ran off and got into a car.”
The attack was one of several violent incidents in four cities that left two people dead and several others injured on Friday night and the early hours of Saturday.
West Midlands police said a 29-year-old man has been arrested on suspicion of attempted murder on Saturday morning and is in custody.