London : A Gurdwara in the British city of Leith has been severely damaged in a suspected arson attack following which the police on Wednesday arrested a 49-year-old man for the “deliberate” act probed as a hate crime.

The Guru Nanak Gurdwara Sahib in Leith city, Scotland was set on fire at around 5am on Tuesday.

Over 20 firefighters rushed to battle the blaze after the Guru Nanak Gurdwara’s door was set alight. Reports indicate a petrol bomb may have been hurled at the building in Sheriff Brae area. “Fortunately, the fire was extinguished relatively quickly and no one was injured, but nevertheless we are treating this incident with utmost seriousness,” said Police Scotland’s Detective Inspector Clark Mar­tin, from Gayfield CID. Police in Edinburgh are probing the suspected arson attack as a hate crime, BBC said. A 49-year-old man was arrested after the fire in a Sikh temple in Leith, they said.

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