Victim of London mosque stabbing saved by worshippers, says adviser

London Central Mosque
London Central Mosque Photo credit: Google/Attaullah Khan

The victim of a stabbing in a London mosque would have suffered life-threatening injuries if it wasn't for the quick actions of worshippers, an adviser to the mosque says.

The man, in his 70s, was calling worshippers to prayer at London Central Mosque on Thursday when he was stabbed in the neck by a 29-year-old man.

Ayaz Ahmad, an adviser for the mosque, told BBC News the stabbing "would have been life-threatening if it wasn't for the worshippers".

A witness says the man was behind his victim and waited for him to begin praying. 

"Then he stabbed him," Abi Watik told The Sun. "He was waiting for him to start praying. He was right behind him."

Watik says the victim screamed and was bleeding from his shoulder. As soon as members of the congregation saw what was happening, they stepped in to subdue the attacker. 

"Twenty people jumped on him. One person kicked him in the back then he put him on the floor."

Pictures on social media show a man in a red hoodie and bare feet pinned to the floor of the mosque. 

The victim is recovering in hospital and his attacker has been arrested on suspicion of attempted murder.

Police do not believe the attack was terror-related. 

 

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