This is the moment police pin down a suspect alleged to have stabbed a Muslim holy man in the neck just before afternoon prayers at Regent's Park Mosque today.
In the video, a man wearing a red hoodie is seen lying down on the tiled floor of the mosque with his hands behind his back, with a police officer restraining him.
He is later seen in a sitting position being guarded by the same cop. The suspect is then led out of the mosque by multiple police officers.
Horrified witnesses described the scene on Twitter.
One user said: "A man ran into Regents Park Mosque during Asr prayer today (late afternoon prayer) and stabbed the Muaddin in the neck. This is absolutely terrible. No Muslim is safe in their place of worship!!"
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A second person tweeted: "This guy has just stabbed one of our muezzin in our local mosque (regents park mosque) while everyone was getting ready for prayer. Please be aware of him!"
The victim, aged in his 70s, is not in a life-threatening situation and the incident is not being treated as terror-related, police said.
In an earlier statement, the Metropolitan Police said: "Police were called to a mosque in Park Road, NW8, at 15.10hrs on Thursday, 20 February, to reports of a stabbing.
"Officers attended along with paramedics from the London Ambulance Service (LAS). A man was found with stab injuries.
"He was treated by paramedics before being taken to hospital. We await an update on his condition.
"A man was arrested at the scene on suspicion of attempted murder. A crime scene has been put in place. Enquiries continue."
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