“…The boy’s uncle believes his nephew was targeted by a rival religious sect after confronting a gang at the mosque a few hours before.
He said: ‘Last night my nephew was attacked outside a mosque in Birmingham.
‘The attackers slashed his throat, stabbed him twice in the face and stabbed him in his arms.
‘We suspect the reason why they stabbed him in his arms was that he was fighting them off. ‘
The founding member of the Shia mosque, who asked not to be named, believes the attack was ‘inspired by Daesh’ – the Arabic nickname for ISIS.
He said: ‘There is no doubt that this was a targeted attack.
‘The victim might have been random, but in my mind it is clear that these people are from Daesh, and wanted to kill a Shia Muslim based on the belief that they would go to heaven.’