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Muslim man attacked outside London mosque with hammer

  • Published at 10:16 am March 16th, 2019
A screenshot taken from a clip recorded by a witness shows two of the attackers brandishing weapons outside the mosques

The attackers reportedly shouted Islamophobic slurs before attacking

A Muslim man was attacked with a "hammer” outside an East London mosque, just hours after the terrorist attack in two New Zealand mosques.

Police said the victim is a 27-year-old, who suffered head injuries, according to the Independent.

Eyewitnesses said the attackers were a group of three men, who shouted Islamophobic slurs as they drove past the mosque on Cannon Street Road.

They were calling people who came for the Friday prayers "terrorists," witnesses added.

Some of the worshippers tried to pursue them, which prompted two of the men to attack them with what is thought to be a hammer. After the attack, they dove into a moving car and drove off.

London police have so far been unable to detain anyone.

The attack comes less than a day after the worst terrorist attack in New Zealand, and one of the worst anti-Muslim attacks in recent memory, leaving 49 dead and scores grievously injured.

In the wake of the New Zealand attack, London police asked mosques to be on high alert against similar attacks.