A 29-year-old man has been charged with attempted murder following a horrific knife attack on a schoolboy outside Maarif-e-Islam Mosque, Birmingham.

15-year-old schoolboy named by family members as Syed Hassan Abbas

Unemployed Dominic Palmer, of Herbert Road, was remanded in custody in connection with the incident and is due before Birmingham Magistrates Court in the morning.

The 15-year-old schoolboy, named by family members as Syed Hassan Abbas, was stabbed several times shortly after being dropped off to the Mosque at 1am Saturday morning.

Brother Syed Nedhi Abbas, 17, said: ‘This is a terrorist attack and I just want to know who did this. My parents have been by his bedside all night but are currently giving a statement to the police.

‘He has been awake since the incident and has been moving, but he his now in an induced coma so he can recover. He is hooked up to a lot of machines at the moment.’

He added: ‘My brother is my best friend and we did everything together, I feel lost without him.’


Detective Inspector Jim Colclough, from the Complex Team at Bournville police station, said: “This was a tragic incident and our thoughts are with the family at this difficult time, we’ve since learnt that the boy only celebrated his 15th birthday two days before the attack.

“Our investigation is continuing as we work to establish the circumstances of what happened so that we can provide his family with the answers they need.

“I would ask anyone with information to come forward.”

Information can be given to police on 101 or anonymously to Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.

The boy was in a critical but stable condition in hospital on Sunday.