Muslim doctor shot near Houston mosque

Houston—A Muslim doctor headed for morning prayers on Sunday at a Houston mosque was shot in an attack by three men, police said. The motive for the attack was unclear, but comes a day after another Muslim man was beaten outside a Florida mosque.
The victim of the Texas incident, Dr. Arslan Tajammul, an eye specialist in his 30s, was undergoing surgery and was expected to survive, according to Mustafaa Carroll, executive director of the Houston branch of the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR).
The wounded physician escaped internal organ damage and was expected to fully recover, though he remained hospitalised in intensive care late on Sunday, according to Houston police officer Muzaffar Siddiqi, a liaison with the city’s Muslim community.
The doctor had parked his car and was walking to the Madrasah Islamiah mosque for the day’s first prayers when he was ambushed about a block away from the mosque and shot twice at about 5:30am EST (0930 GMT), Siddiqi said. The three attackers fled on foot.
“It’s a real strange occurrence because the mosque is in a poor neighborhood, and they (the attackers) were wearing masks, which could mean all kinds of things,” Carroll said.—Reuters

Share this post

PinIt
    scroll to top