Man arrested over 'religiously prejudiced' murder of Muslim shopkeeper

Police say they are treating the death of Asad Shah as 'religiously prejudiced' after he was savagely killed

Lewis Smith
Friday 25 March 2016 21:16
Shopkeeper dies after being attacked outside his store

A devout Muslim shopkeeper was savagely killed in the street shortly after posting an Easter message “to my beloved Christian nation”.

Asad Shah, 40, died from injuries sustained in the attack on Thursday night in which his killers are believed to have stabbed him and stamped on his head. Medics tried to save him but he died in hospital.

Police Scotland, who have arrested a man in connection with the attack, said they were treating the death as “religiously prejudiced”.

Respected shopkeeper Asad Shah wrote on Facebook: ‘To my beloved Christian nation’

An eyewitness said two men had set upon the shopkeeper and said: “One was stamping on his head. There was a pool of blood on the ground. ”

Floral tributes were placed outside Mr Shah’s shop, a newsagent and convenience store close to where he was attacked in Shawlands, Glasgow, as residents left messages of sympathy.

A few hours before he was killed, Mr Shah wrote on Facebook: “Good Friday and a very Happy Easter, especially to my beloved Christian nation... Let’s follow the real footstep of beloved holy Jesus Christ (PBUH) [peace be upon him], and get the real success in both worlds xxxx.”

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