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London | Regents Park Terror Attack
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Police seal off London Central Mosque also known as Regents Park Mosque after a fatal terror attack with a knife.
Police are searching the area around London Central Mosque for two suspected terrorists after a man was stabbed to death in what is suspected to be a far right terror attack.
Multiple suspects fled the scene after the man was murdered outside the Masjid.
Officers are flanking the mosque’s perimeter, and a helicopter is circling overhead.
Scotland Yard told Al-Sahawat Time at 21:30 that the suspects had still not been located. There have been no arrests.
The victim died after being taken to hospital.
A neighbour said she “looked out of the window at around 18:30 and I saw him on the floor – he was already getting CPR”.
Scotland Yard said they are keeping an open mind as to whether or not the incident is terror related after 6 mosques in Birmingham were attacked with sledge hammers and axes this week. No fatalities occurred.
Bahir Moulana, 39, said police were pushing people back as he approached the mosque.
Following the recent attacks at two mosques in New Zealand, it gave him the “jitters”, he said, adding: “I saw all the blue lights and my heart was in my mouth.”
Mr Moulana said there was “one girl who said she saw two guys run in”.
Someone else told him police were chasing them.
People on social media reported seeing a large police presence near the mosque.
John Stealer tweeted that he was “seeing lots of police activity and a helicopter” above the mosque.
Mo Congress said “armed police” had been brought in.
The Labour MP for Westminster North, Karen Buck, said: “Deeply saddened to hear this awful news. Police have been in contact with me and we await further details.”
New Zealand’s PM was praised by the UAE for her response to the Christchurch attacks in New Zealand. The UK has the highest number of Islamophobic hate crimes in Europe and the UAE has along with several other countries urged the UK to end what has been seen as double standards when declaring an incident a terror attack and urged to take stronger action against rapidly rising violent Islamophobia in the UK.
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