Tributes paid to British-Pakistani shopkeeper killed in UK

About 30,000 of Britain's roughly three million Muslims are Ahmadi

Afp March 27, 2016
PHOTO: BBC

LONDON: Tributes were paid Saturday to a British-Pakistani shopkeeper killed in what police described as a "religiously prejudiced" attack, as a Muslim suspect remained in custody.

Asad Shah, 40, died after being found with serious injuries outside his shop in the Scottish city of Glasgow on Thursday evening.

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He was believed to be a member of the minority Ahmadi community, and media reports said he was originally from Pakistan.

Police arrested a 32-year-old Muslim man on Friday, and a spokeswoman said: "A full investigation is underway to establish the full circumstances surrounding the death which is being treated as religiously prejudiced."

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In a statement on Saturday, the Ahmadiyya Muslim Community UK condemned the "completely brutal, horrific and unjustified attack".

The day before his death, Shah had apparently posted a message on Facebook reading: "Good Friday and very happy Easter, especially to my beloved Christian nation x!"

Scottish First Minister Nicola Sturgeon joined a vigil for Shah outside his shop on Friday night, while locals gathered again on Saturday to pay tribute to a man they said was a pillar of the community.

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There are about 30,000 Ahmadis in Britain.

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COMMENTS (3)

Malik Saab | 4 years ago | Reply | Recommend Yesterday He was quoted as a Muslim. Today he became a Pakistani British and the religion part was removed.?. What happened overnight?.
Zulqarnain | 4 years ago | Reply | Recommend Ahmedi Muslims cannot escape the violence of Sunnis even in the UK ! Just horrific !
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