Wednesday, May 4, 2022

London mosque ‘attacked by group armed with bottles and hockey sticks’

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Worshipers were injured at a London mosque after being attacked by a group of men armed with bottles and hockey sticks.

A suspect also reportedly set some paper on fire in a rubbish bin outside the house of worship in Pilgrims Way, East Ham, police said.

The group fled the scene before police arrived and officers found no trace of them despite searching the area.

Several people were slightly injured in the incident but did not require medical attention.

Images shared on social media appeared to show the burned remains of documents and papers outside the mosque.

Worshipers are believed to have been attacked as they entered the building for Tuesday night’s iftar – the dinner with which Muslims end their daily fast of Ramadan after sunset.

Eyewitnesses said so evening standard About 15 men appeared in front of the building around 9 p.m., armed with wooden poles, beer bottles, fluorescent lights and stones.

The Metropolitan Police confirmed officers were investigating a report of a racially aggravated joint attack following an incident outside a mosque in East Ham.

A spokesman for the force said: “Police were called at 21:06 on Tuesday 19 April to report that a group of men on the pilgrimage route, armed with bottles and hockey sticks, had attacked members of the mosque.

“A suspect is said to have set fire to paper in a rubbish bin in front of the mosque.

“The suspects fled before the police arrived. Officers searched the area but found no sign of the suspect.

“Some people suffered minor injuries but did not require medical attention.

“There will be additional patrols in the area. No arrests were made. Inquiries continue.”

Anyone with information is asked to call police on 101 or tweet @MetCC quoting CAD 7482/19APR.

To provide information anonymously, call the independent charity Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111 or visit crimestoppers-uk.org.

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