Concerns grow after attack at mosque

  • Breaking
  • 17/05/2014

There are concerns amongst the Muslim community after a violent attack at an Auckland mosque.

The administrator of the Avondale Islamic Centre, Haider Lone, remains in hospital, ten days after he was attacked at the Blockhouse Bay mosque.

He sustained several broken bones and severe injuries during the attack on May 6.

He told the New Zealand Herald he fears for his life and believes the attack was an assassination attempt.

"There was a convoy of cars ... the whole street was covered, and they sent the one guy who was wearing a hoodie and boxing gloves," he said. "Inside the gloves, he had steel or brass things [that were used to] break my bones."

The Acting President of the Federation of Islamic Association Jawad Khan says the community is shocked.

"It is very concerning, we don't want these kind of things happening in our own religious institutions. We live in a country, in New Zealand, which has got law an order."

Tensions have been growing recently as two factions fight for control and Mr Lone thinks a rival's supporter is responsible.

Several security guards and police were seen patrolling the mosque during prayers yesterday.

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