London Central Mosque stabbing: Man is arrested

Feb. 20 202000:27

Police in London said a man was stabbed during afternoon prayers at one of the city's biggest mosques Thursday and officers detained another man on suspicion of attempted murder.

The injured man, who is in his 70s and was named locally as Raafat Maglad, has been a member of the mosque for almost 30 years.

British police said they were not treating a London mosque stabbing, in which an elderly man suffered non-life threatening injuries, as terror-related.

Police said another man was arrested at the mosque on suspicion of attempted murder.

The health condition of the wounded man was still unknown who was shifted to the hospital by paramedics from the London Ambulance Service (LAS). "My thoughts are with the victim and all those affected".

Video posted on social media showing a white male in a red hooded top, handcuffed and barefoot, being detained by police. A small knife could be seen under a chair. It said the suspect was restrained by worshippers until police arrived.

"It's so very bad that this should happen, especially in a place of worship", Johnson wrote.

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The Muslim Council of Britain said that "regardless of the motive of the attacker, we must remain remain calm but vigilant".

The mosque also issued a statement to condemn the attack.

He said the muezzin was stabbed once in the right shoulder moments after prayers started.

Waleed Mohammed said: "There is only one Rafaat in the mosque, his voice comes out of that minaret five times a day, for this to happen right at the end of his career is very, very sad for the whole Muslim community".

The victims were all described as having a "migrant background".

Metropolitan Police said detectives investigating the attack do not believe it to be terror-related.

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