Three injured in possible hate crime outside London Muslim center

London, January 23 2018. TFL engineers and police liaise near the scene of a major gas leak on The Strand. Streets around The Strand and Charing Cross station are closed as over 20 firefighters along with police and TFL workers place a cordon around a major gas leak, discovered in the early hours of the morning, causing the evacuation of over 1,600 people from a hotel and nearby nightclubs.

LONDON: Two people were hospitalised after a car reportedly hit pedestrians near a Muslim community center in northwest London overnight in an incident police said was not related to terrorism.

There were reports people in the car had made Islamophobic comments before it left the scene in the borough of Brent overnight, police said.

“This incident is not being treated as terror related but the hate crime aspect of the collision is being looked at by detectives as an aggravating factor,” London’s Metropolitan police said in a statement on Wednesday morning.

Officers were called to the scene just after midnight. The two hospitalised people only have minor injuries, the force said.