Official's Home Torched in Town Hit by Rioting

From Times Wire Reports

The home of the deputy mayor of Oldham, the northern England town that was torn by rioting this week, was firebombed in what police are treating as a racially motivated attack.

No one was hurt, but the home of Riaz Ahmed, who is also a member of the town council, was extensively damaged, according to police. He and his family were home at the time, reports said.

Officials expressed worries that the firebombing would reignite tensions between whites and Asians in Oldham, a gritty former mill town 190 miles northwest of London.

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