Hours after dozens of people were killed in an attack on two mosques in New Zealand, a man was attacked “with a hammer” and a “batten” outside an east London mosque.
Al Jazeera reported that a group of three men shouted Islamophobic abuses as they drove past the place of worship on Cannon Street Road, eyewitnesses said.
They called people attending Friday prayers “terrorists”, they added.
A few worshipers followed the blue car, only for the men to climb out of the vehicle and attack one of them with a weapon, thought to be a hammer. Police said the 27-year-old victim sustained head injuries. The two groups fought before the men climbed back into the car and drove away.
In a clip filmed by a witness, one of the alleged attackers can be seen clinging to the car’s bonnet in an attempt to get away.
“The suspects returned to their car and left the scene before police arrived,” a spokesperson for London’s Metropolitan Police told The Independent.
The suspects are all described as white men, believed to be aged in their 20s, he said.
No arrests have been made yet.