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Saturday, 22 August 2009

Raheem Nawaz Charged with 7 Counts of Attempted Murder in Keighley

From the BBC:

A 19-year-old man has been charged with seven counts of attempted murder following a number of stabbings in Keighley, police have said.

Raheem Nawaz is due to appear before magistrates on Monday following two separate incidents in which eight people were injured.

A 44-year-old woman is in hospital in a serious but stable condition, and a 24-year-old man is described as stable.

The attacks were in Victoria Street and North Street on Thursday and Friday.

Ask a silly question, but did anyone see any media coverage about these attacks when they occurred?

If anyone lives in the West Yorkshire area and can shed some light, I would be grateful.

***UPDATE*** 24th August 2009:

More information can be found here.


Anonymous said...

A bit in the Daily Star


Durotrigan said...

I did see some coverage of this in the Keighley News and on the BBC website. However, both failed to mention the ethnicity of the attacker. What was telling was the testimony of one eyewitness as described on the BBC website:

'Eyewitness Samantha Jones said two of her friends were injured in the attack.

"It was absolutely terrifying," she said. "I was shaking, I was so scared. I didn't know what was going to happen.

"It just makes me want to move away from here."' (http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/england/west_yorkshire/8213445.stm)

Note Samantha's last comment. Why would she "want to move away from here"? Well, the spot where the attack took place is in the centre of Keighley, directly abutting onto the Muslim colony in the Highfield district.

I happened to be visiting friends that night, and had to drive through Keighley on the way home and thus saw the site of the attack just before 2am on Friday morning. The road was blocked by police cars, and an ambulance was in attendance near the bottom of Highfield Road close to the Weatherspoons.

Obviously the perpetrator of this crime is extremely mentally unstable, but if the violence was intended to be directed exclusively against whites in Keighley, which looks likely, we would be correct to conclude that the violent propensities of this young man were shaped and channelled by his profession of a certain faith that sees attacks upon others as legitimate.

To be fair though, some of Keighley's Muslims are sound people, as demonstrated by the brave actions of Masjid Hussain and his brother in law who wrestled the attacker to the ground and disarmed him. Their sense of humanity deserves to be applauded.

There is a great deal of tension in the town between the locals and the Pakistani/Sylheti population, and for those amongst the latter who bear us no ill will and just wish to rub along peaceably, it must be make them despair of the significant numbers amongst their own ‘community’ (sic) who are actively contemptuous of the English and other non-Muslims in the area.

For an account of Masjid Hussain's intervention see