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Man charged with stabbing Muslim surgeon outside mosque

Consultant Nasser Kurdy was stabbed from behind with a knife as he walked into Altrincham Islamic Centre in Hale.

A 28-year-old man has been charged over the stabbing of a Muslim surgeon outside a mosque.

Consultant Nasser Kurdy, 58, was attacked from behind as he walked into Altrincham Islamic Centre in Hale, Cheshire, just before 6pm on Sunday.

Ian Anthony Rook, of no fixed abode, will attend Manchester Magistrates’ Court on Tuesday where he will be accused of assault and possession of a lethal weapon.

A spokeswoman for Greater Manchester Police said: “Police investigating after a man was stabbed outside a mosque in Hale have charged a man in connection with the attack.

“A second man has been released with no further action.”

Mr Kurdy suffered a three centimetre wound to the back of his neck and was taken to Wythenshawe Hospital for treatment, where he works as a consultant orthopaedic surgeon.

He was later discharged.

On Monday the father of three, from a Syrian Jordanian family, was preparing to go back to work to treat his patients.

He has worked as a doctor for four decades, after coming to Britain to study medicine in 1977 and working in Perth, Dundee and Northampton before settling in Manchester in 1991.

Earlier this year he treated casualties in the Manchester Arena bombing.

Mr Kurdy was going to the Islamic Centre in Grove Lane for mid-afternoon prayers and a committee meeting, as he is a lay imam, sometimes giving sermons, and vice chairman of Altrincham and Hale Muslim Association.

He told reporters he felt no anger towards his attacker.

Earlier, police said they were treating the matter as a hate crime but not terrorism related.

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