Altrincham mosque stabbing suspect remanded in custody

Dr Nasser Kurdy
Image caption Dr Nasser Kurdy needed hospital treatment

A 28-year-old man has been remanded in custody after appearing in court charged with assaulting a surgeon who was stabbed outside a mosque.

Ian Rook, of no fixed address, appeared at Manchester Magistrates' Court charged with grievous bodily harm and possession of a lethal weapon.

Dr Nasser Kurdy was injured outside Altrincham and Hale Muslim Association in Grove Lane, Altrincham, on Sunday.

Mr Rook will appear at Manchester Crown Court in October.

Officers were called at about 17:45 BST on Sunday, after Dr Kurdy, 58, was taken to hospital with a stab wound to the back of his neck.

He was treated for his injuries and discharged shortly afterwards.

A Greater Manchester Police spokesman said the force does not believe there was a racial motive to the attack.

A second man arrested has been released with no further action, the force added.

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