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POLICE were today continuing to probe the theft of a book of condolence which was opened at a Birmingham mosque in memory of the 200 people killed in the Madrid bombings.
Birmingham Central Mosque opened the tribute to the victims on Thursday as a clear sign that its Muslim members condemned acts of terrorism.
But less than 24 hours after the first written tributes were paid, the book was stolen. Mosque officials have appealed to the raiders to return the book, which they had hoped to send to the families of the Spanish victims.
Adam Yosef, who works at the mosque in Highgate, Birmingham, said crooks struck during Saturday's afternoon prayers. 'As soon as there was mention that al Qaida could be involved we started to get a lot of hate mail.
'That's when we decided to open a book of condolence as a mark of solidarity with the victims and to show the wider community that we are against terrorism.'
Inspector Mick Pearson, of West Midlands Police, said: 'Because of the sensitive nature of the crime we have despatched a team to talk with the chairman of the mosque and conduct a thorough investigation.'
Anyone with any information should ring 0845 113 5000.
Three Sandwell men detained at Guantanamo Bay told yesterday how their humanitarian mission to war-torn Afghanistan led to them being imprisoned by the Americans. The three
-Ruhal Ahmed, a 22-year old student, Asif Iqbal, a 22-year-old former parcel depot worker and 26year-old Shafiq Rasul -repeated claims of human rights abuses at the Cuban base.
Source Citation:"Police probe Mosque's condolence book theft." Birmingham Evening Mail (England) (March 15, 2004):