Man charged with attempted first-degree murder after stabbing in Knoxville mosque

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KNOXVILLE, Tenn. (WATE) – A Knoxville man has been charged with attempted first-degree murder following a stabbing earlier this week inside a mosque.

Arrest reports say Knoxville police were called to Annoor Mosque on 13th Street in the Fort Sanders neighborhood around 6:30 p.m. on Monday. 

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Police say Daniel Porter and Shadab A. Siddiqi were in a verbal argument inside the mosque when Porter stabbed Siddiqi in the chest with a steak knife.

Siddiqi was taken to UT Medical Center where he had to undergo surgery to save his life.

The report says surveillance cameras inside the mosque captured the incident and Porter admitted his part.

A Facebook post from the mosque said the incident was not targeted at them or Muslims and that it happened between two people who know each other.

“We wanted to assure everyone that the incident involved two people who knew each other and was not a crime targeted at the masjid or at Muslims. The offender was taken into custody and does not pose a continuing risk,” wrote the mosque.

The mosque also requested prayers for Siddiqi and his family due to his condition.

Porter is being held on $200,000 bond.

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