At least three persons have been injured by a vehicle that was roughly driven into pedestrians.
As reported by the British police, at least three persons have been injured after a vehicle roughly ran into pedestrians close to a mosque in north-west London.
The incidence took place at around 12:20 am on Wednesday, victims which include three males and a woman, all in their mid-twenties, were asked to leave asked to leave a private car park in Cricklewood belonging to the Hussaini Association.
After engaging in a confrontation with a group of worshippers at the Shia Islamic centre, “comments of an Islamophobic nature were allegedly made,” then the car “proceeded to make off at speed colliding with three individuals as it left.”
“The car and its occupants failed to stop and injured three people,” the police statement added.
The Metropolitan Police have trademarked the incidence of a “Hate Crime” in their statement.
however, investigation of the incident has been carried out but not being treated as a terror-related case.
“We are treating this incident very seriously and a number of enquiries are underway to trace the car and those involved,” Kelly Schonhage, an officer from a local branch of the CID said.
The incident left a man in his 50s hospitalised with a “serious leg injury,” while two other men in their 20s suffered minor injuries, the police said.
Miqdaad Versi, the assistant secretary-general of the Muslim Council of Britain (MCB), the largest Muslim umbrella body in the United Kingdom, claimed eyewitnesses reported hearing “anti-Islamic” slogans being shouted during the incident.
“Reports of Islamophobic insults being hurled mean that the incident is being treated as a potential hate crime,” he said in a statement sent to Al Jazeera.
Videos posted on social media showed paramedics delivering first aid to the wounded, with one of the injured appearings to need help to breathe.
The Hussaini Association issued a statement adding that the worshippers were attending a 10-day series of lectures commemorating the death of Hussain, the grandson of the Prophet Muhammad, who was killed 760 years ago according to the Islamic calendar, a date which will coincide with Thursday this year.