A man has reportedly stabbed the leader of a mosque in Regent’s Park during late afternoon prayer.
The man is reported to have run into Regent's Park Mosque in London and stabbed the Muaddin in the neck.
London's Metropolitan Police confirmed the attack in a statement and said the injured man was treated at the scene before being taken to hospital.
The assailant was arrested at the scene on suspicion of attempted murder and a crime scene cordon has been put in place.
Early reports of the attack surfaced on Twitter alongside images of a man in a red jacket being apprehended.
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One Twitter 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!!"
A second user wrote: "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!"
Dramatic footage emerging from the scene shows a knife lying on the floor as police arrested the suspect.
He was led away by officers as worshippers looked on and comes just hours after a suspected far-right terrorist opened fire in the German town of Hanau and killed nine people.
The suspect and his mother were found dead in his apartment overnight on Thursday morning following a huge manhunt.
In a 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.
"Enquiries into the circumstances continue."
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