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Muslim leader wants to meet racists who left pigs' heads outside disused Belfast church

By Nevin Farrell

Published 26/10/2015

The pigs' heads were left on the doorstep at St Luke's Church in north Belfast
Picture - Kevin Scott / Presseye
The pigs' heads were left on the doorstep at St Luke's Church in north Belfast Picture - Kevin Scott / Presseye
The pigs' heads were left on the doorstep at St Luke's Church in north Belfast Picture - Kevin Scott / Presseye
The pigs' heads were left on the doorstep at St Luke's Church in north Belfast Picture - Kevin Scott / Presseye
The pigs' heads were left on the doorstep at St Luke's Church in north Belfast Picture - Kevin Scott / Presseye
The pigs' heads were left on the doorstep at St Luke's Church in north Belfast Picture - Kevin Scott / Presseye
The pigs' heads were left on the doorstep at St Luke's Church in north Belfast Picture - Kevin Scott / Presseye

A leading member of Northern Ireland's Muslim community says he would like to meet those responsible for placing pigs' heads outside a disused church building in a race hate attack.

The sickening incident is believed to be linked to rumours the building was to become a mosque.

The pigs' heads were daubed with anti-Islamic slogans and left outside the building in the Shankill area of Belfast on Saturday.

Dr Raied Al-Wazzan said he did not believe the incident was backed by the wider community and said he would like to meet those responsible.

St Luke's Church on Northumberland Street is owned by the Church of Ireland and is up for sale, but is currently being used by a community group over the Halloween period.

The church has been empty since 2006.

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