There is a story that has come out of Merseyside about a guy who walked into a mosque, said he wanted to become Muslim, left a metal suitcase behind and then ran off. There is, as with other ‘mosque attack’ stories of recent weeks a whiff of something not quite right about this story. Originally the report said that this was a ‘white man’ but later the description was changed to a ‘black Brazilian. This case may well be another ‘self inflicted wound’ but the story may develop into something more interesting. You cannot tell by looking at a black person whether they are Brazilian or not, so he must have spoken to people at the mosque and imparted that information. The original story from the Liverpool Echo and the comments have been pasted into a comment below the line just in case this disappears down the memory hole.
The Liverpool Echo said:
“Leaders at a Liverpool mosque where a suspect package was found today said they feared the incident was aimed at stirring up hatred in the community.
Two controlled explosions were carried out after the suspect package – feared to be a bomb – was left at a Liverpool mosque last night.
Police were called to Al Rahma mosque in Mulgrave Street, Toxteth at around 9pm.
The force said this morning that no explosive materials were found at the scene but investigations were ongoing.
Mosque administrator Mohamed Mansur said a man had come into the mosque with a metal suitcase and said he wanted to become a Muslim.
Mr Mansur said: “Then he said ‘Before that I need to go home’ and ran off leaving his locked metal suitcase inside the mosque.”
People inside the mosque then phoned the police.
The man who left the suitcase was described as a black Brazilian.”