00:56 GMT04 March 2021
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    Police in northwestern England’s Greater Manchester region (GMP) said Monday they detained two individuals in connection with the murder of a religious leader.

    MOSCOW (Sputnik) – Jalal Uddin died on February 18 after being found with serious head injuries at a playground in Rochdale.

    "Man, 21, and youth, 17, arrested on suspicion of murder after the death of Jalal Uddin, 64, who was found injured in a play area in Wardleworth on Thursday," GMP said in a short statement.

    A Home Office post-mortem examination concluded that Uddin died from head wounds, it added without clarifying the circumstances of the incident.

    A 31-year-old man arrested on February 19 in connection with the crime has since been cleared for release, GMP added.

    Uddin was a well-known reciter of the Koran at a local mosque, according to The Telegraph publication. The paper claims he was assaulted on his way home after taking a shortcut through the playground.

    Police are looking into possible racial motivations behind the murder.


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