A man has been stabbed in the neck at a Regents Park mosque in central London during afternoon prayers, London police said on Thursday.
According to witness reports, the assailant attacked the muezzin, the person calling to prayer.
#INCIDENT Police were called to a mosque near Regents Park at 3.10pm to reports of a stabbing. A man, in his 70s, was found injured. His condition has been assessed as non life-threatening.— Metropolitan Police (@metpoliceuk) February 20, 2020
A man has been arrested on suspicion of attempted murder.https://t.co/K3UpX2Wyty
The police have detained a man suspected of perpetrating the crime. Footage from the crime scene shows that the detained man is a young white male wearing a red hoodie.
This terrorist stormed into Regents Park Mosque in London with a knife and stabbed a Muslim man in the neck while he was carrying out the call to prayer.— StanceGrounded (@_SJPeace_) February 20, 2020
My heart can't take this. 💔 pic.twitter.com/Nx8gjrKiNh
Boris Johnson has expressed his sorrow in relation to the incident, adding that it is awful this should happen in a place of worship.
I'm deeply saddened to hear of the attack at the London Central Mosque. It's so awful that this should happen, especially in a place of worship. My thoughts are with the victim and all those affected.— Boris Johnson (@BorisJohnson) February 20, 2020
The assailant's motives are still unknown. Police have launched an inquiry into the matter. The incident is not being treated as terror-related at this time.