AA / Londres
The first Muslim woman leader of Oldham City Council was the target of a “deliberate” attack when her car caught fire.
Arooj Shah, who was elected earlier this year, saw his car burned following a blaze on Tuesday morning.
Greater Manchester Police (GMP) said their officers, firefighters and rescue teams were called in at around 1.30am.
“It was established that the vehicle was deliberately set on fire and caused minor damage to neighboring property,” a police spokesman said.
“The fire destroyed a vehicle and caused damage to neighboring property. It was an irresponsible and horrific act and he is glad no one was injured,” said Wesley Knights, the division’s chief investigator. Golf’s Oldham said in a statement.
“We will not relax our efforts until the circumstances of the incident are fully clarified and those responsible are brought to justice,” he added, adding that one person had been arrested but “our investigation is still ongoing”.
The attack sparked nationwide racism after three national footballers became racist online after their defeat to Italy in the Euro 2020 final.
Following the incident, politicians expressed their full support for Shaw.
“This is absolutely terrifying and I show my full support for @Sha_Aroz. A full investigation will be carried out,” Greater Manchester Mayor Andy Burnham said on Twitter.
Labor MP Yasmin Qureshi said: “My congratulations and solidarity with Arooj Shaw – no one in politics should face this, I hope you are doing your best.”
“He has the full support of everyone in the working class, from his colleagues at Oldham Council to MPs across the country,” Labor Vice President Angela Rainer said in a statement.
“Throughout his life as a city councilor, Aroz faced abusive abuse. He always treated it with kindness and dignity, but he should not do so,” he added.
* Translated from English by Morat Belhaj
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