A Muslim man was assaulted by an unidentified assailant outside an East London mosque on Friday, hours after the Christchurch shootings in New Zealand that had left 49 people dead.
A group of men shouted Islamophobic abuses as they drove past the mosque and called the attendees at the Friday prayers “terrorists”, witnesses told the Independent newspaper.
One of the three men then climbed out of the vehicle and allegedly attacked one of the worshippers. The 27-year-old victim sustained injuries to his head.
In a video filmed by a witness, one of the attackers was seen climbing onto the front of the car in an attempt to get away from the scene.
“The suspects returned to their car and left the scene before police arrived,” a spokesperson for London’s Metropolitan Police told the Independent, adding that the suspects were all described as white men, believed to be in their 20s.
No arrests have been made yet.