British media reported on Wednesday that a “racially escalating” attack by a group of thugs in London injured at least two Muslim worshipers on Tuesday night.
The Bilal Mosque and the Islamic Center in East Ham were attacked during iftar as worshipers were entering the building to break their fast before evening prayers, according to Britain. Evening and Standard She said.
“Witnesses said that about 15 European men, armed with wooden poles, beer bottles, fluorescent tubes and stones, appeared outside the Barking Road Mosque at 9pm on Tuesday (1am Pakistan time),” the newspaper said.
It added that two worshipers sustained minor injuries from broken glass. But Newham Recorders said that “a number of people sustained minor injuries, but did not require medical treatment.”
The attackers also tried to start a fire outside the building where the remnants of documents and papers were found.
They fled before the police arrived and were not arrested until Wednesday.
A Scotland Yard spokesperson confirmed in a statement that its officers were investigating a “report of a racially aggravated public assault following an incident outside a mosque in East Ham”.
The statement said the assailants fled before the police arrived and were not arrested despite the police’s search of the neighbourhood.