BBC: Didsbury mosque ‘a scapegoat’, says mosque trustee

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Chair of trustees at Didsbury Mosque, Fawzi Haffar said the mosque was “being used as a scapegoat” after it came under intense scrutiny during the Manchester Arena Inquiry, and that it “would have done anything” to prevent the attack, according to a BBC report.

Abedi is believed to have occasionally attended a Friday prayer session at the mosque.

Pete Weatherby KC, who represents some of the families of the victims, said there was no evidence that the Abedi family were radicalised at Didsbury Mosque.

Speaking exclusively to BBC North West Tonight, Mr Haffar said: “How can people say we have radicalised or are radicalising people?

“My children could have been at the arena. There were Muslim children at the arena. What Salman Abedi did was evil and he definitely did not become radicalised by listening to a 10-minute sermon here or joining forces with other so-called terrorists or other radicalised people at this centre.”

Mr Haffar said he felt Didsbury Mosque was being used as a scapegoat and called for a parliamentary investigation into what the security services knew about the Abedi family.

Read more: Mosque ‘would have done anything’ to prevent Manchester Arena attack – BBC News

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