Man storms building and attacks worshipper while he prays
London police have arrested a man on Thursday after a stabbing at a mosque near Regents Park which injured one person. Police officers, called to the holy building at 3:15pm, found that a man in his 70’s had sustained non-life-threatening injuries.
The victim is reported to have been the person chosen to lead and recite the call to prayer.
“A man was found with stab injuries,” police said in a statement. “He was treated by paramedics before being taken to hospital. We await an update on his condition. A man was arrested at the scene on suspicion of attempted murder.”
In a video clip of the incident, uploaded by an eyewitness, the suspect is seen on the floor with no shoes on, suggesting he removed his shoes inside the buildings as those praying in Mosques typically do.
In another video of the incident, uploaded by an eyewitness, a young white man in a red hooded top, is seen being led from the mosque by police.
In a separate video a bladed weapon, less than 10cm in length, can be seen discarded on the floor.
One man who uploaded videos from the scene tweeted: "This is absolutely terrible.
"No Muslim is safe in their places of worship!!"
Less than a year ago the mosque was affected by another stabbing incident.