A ‘knifeman’ who regularly prayed at Regent’s Park mosque ‘stabbed a Muslim crier in his 70s in the shoulder’ while he called worshippers to afternoon prayers in an incident the police say is not an act of terror.
Witnesses said the victim was the muezzin, who calls Muslims to prayers at the London Central Mosque – one of the city’s biggest mosques – near Regent’s Park.
One witness said the suspect was a regular in the mosque and had been seen at least six months ago, adding that the victim was stabbed in the right shoulder.
It is believed that the attacker had waited until prayers had started before launching at the victim.
Police were called to the mosque just after 3pm today and found the man with stab wounds. Paramedics treated him at the scene before he was taken to hospital.
Police said another man was arrested at the mosque on suspicion of attempted murder. Mosque-goers tweeted images of police holding a man down on the floor.
The images showed a white man in a red hooded top, jeans and bare feet being pinned to the floor by officers inside the mosque, as others, including a small child, watched on. One video showed a knife on the floor under a plastic chair.
One witness said the suspect had been a regular in the mosque, and had been seen at least six months ago. Abi Watik, 59, said: ‘We were shocked, we didn’t know what was happening.’
He said the victim had been stabbed once in the right shoulder moments after prayers had started, and he believed the suspect had waited for that moment.