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UK: Eyewitness recalls London mosque stabbing that injured one

United Kingdom, London
February 20, 2020 at 19:03 GMT +00:00 · Published

An eyewitness who was present during a stabbing that took place at the London Central Mosque gave a statement on Thursday.

"An unknown individual, not known to us, like, a white European background, attacked the muezzin, the guy who does the call to prayer," said former head of London Central Mosque PR, Ayaz Ahmad, who has been attending the mosque for around 10 years.

Ahmed described how the perpetrator stabbed the muezzin once in the neck before "the worshippers directly behind him held him down to the ground, 'til the police came."

Ahmad insisted that the suspect is not known to the mosque and that he "saw him yesterday for the first time. Someone said they saw him a couple of months ago, but I've never seen him here myself."

Islamic Cultural Centre Director General Dr Ahmad Al-Dubayan was not there during the attack, but said he doesn't "know anything about the identity of this person, or what the motivation is. The muezzin is a friend of everybody." He highlighted that it was the muezzin who was stabbed, not the Imam, as per other media outlets.

The police have arrested the suspect, while the man injured was taken to hospital and is reportedly in good condition.

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An eyewitness who was present during a stabbing that took place at the London Central Mosque gave a statement on Thursday.

"An unknown individual, not known to us, like, a white European background, attacked the muezzin, the guy who does the call to prayer," said former head of London Central Mosque PR, Ayaz Ahmad, who has been attending the mosque for around 10 years.

Ahmed described how the perpetrator stabbed the muezzin once in the neck before "the worshippers directly behind him held him down to the ground, 'til the police came."

Ahmad insisted that the suspect is not known to the mosque and that he "saw him yesterday for the first time. Someone said they saw him a couple of months ago, but I've never seen him here myself."

Islamic Cultural Centre Director General Dr Ahmad Al-Dubayan was not there during the attack, but said he doesn't "know anything about the identity of this person, or what the motivation is. The muezzin is a friend of everybody." He highlighted that it was the muezzin who was stabbed, not the Imam, as per other media outlets.

The police have arrested the suspect, while the man injured was taken to hospital and is reportedly in good condition.

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