A mosque in Auckland has been shut down indefinitely following violent attacks and the declaration of jihad, or holy war, against private security staff hired to guard the premises.
Bill Frost, who leads the Global Security Intelligence team at the Avondale Islamic Centre, was assaulted twice on Sunday and said he feared for his life and the safety of his family after one worshipper threatened him with jihad.
High fences, seven security guards and two police officers were yesterday seen on the site as worshippers were turned away from afternoon prayers.
The New Zealand Muslim Association, which owns the property, said it was shutting down the centre until further notice because of safety concerns.
The centre’s administrator was brutally beaten two weeks ago after issuing trespass orders to a Salafist imam and some of his supporters, and spent 10 days in hospital with fractures and eye injuries.