LONDON: Police using a stun gun have detained a man suspected of attacking worshippers at a mosque in central London.
The incident comes at a time of heightened tension after the terrorist attack in Finsbury Park. The man was found outside Regent’s Park mosque, brandishing a shoe horn he had allegedly stolen from within the place of worship, at around 1.20am. He was arrested on suspicion of affray and taken into custody.
The Metropolitan police said the incident was not being treated as terrorism-related and no one was injured.
Video on social media showed the suspect lying on the pavement outside the mosque and police officers shouting at passersby to get back.
A Met police spokesman said: “The item being waved was found to be a shoe horn taken from the mosque. The incident is not being treated as terrorism-related at this time. Officers are keeping an open mind regarding any motivation for the incident.”
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