Eight Muslim-owned shops and businesses were attacked by men late on Saturday night and Monday, according to BBC Midlands. Witnesses claim the men attacked the properties with guns and hammers. The police hope to identify the culprits on CCTV.
The Muslim Council of Britain is monitoring unfolding developments in the city. In a statement issued today the MCB says:
Whilst detectives are not yet able to be certain of a link between the attacks, we hope that these remain isolated incidents and do not escalate to the levels seen in France, which saw a spike in anti-Muslim attacks across the country following the recent brutal murder of journalists at the French publication, Charlie Hebdo.
We urge calm as the police authorities conduct their investigations, and encourage mosques and British Muslims to be vigilant, report any attacks to the police and take the necessary steps to protect your institutions, in particular in advance of Friday prayers tomorrow.
Guidance on how to take precautionary measures can be found below, kindly provided by the National Association of Muslim Police.
Where there are specific concerns, we urge you to be in touch with the local police authorities who may be able to provide further reassurance and support.
In the meantime it is important for all communities to come together in solidarity, support and vigilance.