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Hammer attack in mosque car park

A father and his son were attacked by a hammer-wielding man in a mosque car park in Greater Manchester.

The victims, who are Asian and aged 55 and 29, were targeted by a white man as they walked to their car in Ashton-under-Lyne, on Monday.

A substance was sprayed in their faces before they were both hit with a hammer, suffering head injuries.

Police are not treating the incident as racially-motivated but say the motive for the attack remains "unclear".

Both men were taken to hospital, where the son remains in a stable condition. His father was later discharged.

'Not racist'

Greater Manchester Police have appealed for witnesses to the incident in Newton Street at about 1730 GMT on Monday.

Det Con Graeme Masheter, of Ashton CID, said: "This was a completely unprovoked attack on a father and son who were simply going about their business.

"It is unclear why these two men would be targeted in this way.

"The attack took place outside a mosque and the two men are Asian, but it is not being treated as a racist incident.

"I'm appealing for anyone who may have any information at all to help us trace this offender."

The attacker is described as white, about 6ft, and of slim build. He was wearing dark clothing and a dark hat.

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