Police tasered and arrested a man for threatening people with a shoe horn outside the London Central Mosque in Regents Park.
The incident is not being treated as terrorism-related but comes at a time of heightened tensions in London after Muslim worshipers were attacked in Finsbury Park on Monday.
Police were called to the Regents Park scene at 1.22 a.m. amid reports a man was attacking people outside the mosque.
There were fears he was carrying a baseball bat, but it later transpired that the “item” was a shoe horn. No one was injured.
“The man was tasered and arrested on suspicion of affray and has been taken into custody at a central London police station,” the Metropolitan Police said in a statement. “Officers are keeping an open mind regarding any motivation for the incident.”
Witnesses filmed the moment police officers tackled the suspect:
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The incident comes after British man Darren Osborne allegedly drove a van into a group of Muslims outside a Finsbury Park mosque after they had just finished worshipping at around 12.20 a.m. BST (7.20 a.m. ET) on Monday.
A man – named as Makram Ali by The Times – was pronounced dead at the scene, though it is not clear if this was related to the attack or a previous illness. Eight others were taken to hospital, while two were treated for minor injuries.