Gun fired during Ramadan prayers outside London mosque
gun was fired outside a mosque in London during Ramadan prayers, BBC reported on Friday.
Police were called to reports of a “masked” man with a firearm entering the Seven Kings Masjid in Ilford at on Thursday.
Worshippers ushered him out of the building and a gunshot – thought to have come from a “blank-firing handgun” – was then heard.
One of the worshippers described hearing the gunshot about half an hour after prayers began, BBC added.
“We were upstairs in the classrooms and about 30 minutes into the night prayer a large noise went off”, he said.
A statement issued by the Metropolitan Police said:
‘Detectives investigating a firearm discharge in Seven Kings confirm that although they remain an open mind, the incident is not being treated as an Islamophobic, hate crime or terror related incident .
Initial enquiries indicated that the incident may have stemmed from an earlier altercation in the street close to the mosque.
Officers continue to work closely with representatives from the mosque and are providing reassurance to the local community.
Police were called at 10:45hrs on Thursday, 9 May to reports that a man, believed to be in possession of a firearm, had entered a mosque on High Road in Seven Kings. The man was ushered outside of the building by those inside. A gunshot was then heard. Officers, including firearms officers, attended. There were no reported injuries and no damage to the building. At this early stage, ballistic evidence recovered from the scene suggests that the weapon was a blank firing handgun. Officers from Trident Specialist Crime investigate. There have been no arrests and enquiries continue. Anyone with information is asked to contact Trident on 101 quoting reference 8585/9May, Tweet @MetCC or call Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.’
There have been no arrests.
A statement by a Muslim Council spokesman on Twitter said that the mosque’s Imam said the suspect’s motives had not been established.
He asked that people “avoid speculating and circulating unconfirmed information”.
London Mayor Sadiq Khan said he was “relieved nobody was injured in the incident”. He is close contact with the police commissioner.
I am in close contact with the @metpoliceuk Commissioner about this incident at Seven Kings Mosque, and relieved to hear that nobody was injured.
Everyone should be free to practice their faith free from danger and fear. An increased police presence remains on the scene. https://t.co/Uh2hhpoQjm
— Sadiq Khan (@SadiqKhan) May 10, 2019
Places of worship around the world are under high alert after recent attacks on mosques in New Zealand (50 dead), churches in Sri Lanka on Easter Sunday (at least 253 dead), and a gunman opening fire at a synagogue in California.