Mosque Leaders In Philadelphia Accused of Trying to Cut Off Worshiper’s Hand With 2-Foot Machete


The emir of a Philadelphia mosque was thrown in jail after police said he and the mosque’s imam tried to cut off a man’s hand with a 2-foot machete, according to the Philadelphia Daily News.

A prayer service had just ended at the Al-Masjid Ur-Razzaq Ul-Karim mosque Monday morning when Merv Mitchell, the mosque’s emir — along with the mosque’s imam, whose name was not released — confronted a man who usually helps organize prayer services, said police Lt. John Walker.

Mitchell and the imam accused the 46-year-old man of stealing jars of money from the mosque, Walker said. The man denied the accusation, the Philadelphia Inquirer reported. Police said he was dragged down a set of steps in the building to the back yard.

“They threw the victim to the ground and held his right arm against a log,” Walker said. ”One of the offenders grabbed a machete from inside the mosque, and struck the victim near his wrist. The blade cut through some of his tendons.”

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