A Muslim shopkeeper of Pakistani origin was murdered in the Scottish city Glasgow after posting messages of support to Christians celebrating Easter.
Asad Shah, 40, posted on his Facebook page “Good Friday and a very Happy Easter, especially to my beloved Christian nation. Let's follow the real footstep of beloved holy Jesus Christ and get the real success in both worlds.” Around four hours later he was murdered.
He was reported to have belonged to the Ahmadiyya sect, a heterodox sect which preaches peace on tolerance. Because they regard their founder, Mirza Ghulam Ahmad, as the messiah they are considered heretics by other sects of Islam and are frequently persecuted in Pakistan and other places.
“A full investigation is under way to establish the full circumstances surrounding the death, which is being treated as religiously prejudiced,” the police said in a statement.
Officers arrested a 32-year-old Muslim man in connection with the incident. He may have travelled 200 miles to carry out the attack, according to The Mirror.
An eyewitness told police Shah's head was stamped on during the attack. He was found seriously injured outside his store on March 24 and was later pronounced dead after being taken to a hospital.
A vigil the following day was attended by 400-500 people including Nicola Sturgeon, the First Minister of Scotland, according to The Guardian.