A man who was stabbed in a horrific knife attack at a mosque while hundreds of people were praying has been pictured for the first time.

The victim has been named by mosque-goers as Rafat Maqlad, 69, who described him as a ‘selfless’ man who was well known among the community.

He was ‘stabbed in the shoulder’ at the London Central Mosque while giving the call to prayer.

Image of the stab victim in hospital with a wound to his neck - A man has been arrested on suspicion of attempted murder after a stabbing inside a central London mosque. The victim, in his 70s, was injured in an attack at London Central Mosque, near Regent's Park, which police are not treating as terror-related. He was taken to hospital by paramedics where his condition has been assessed as non-life threatening. A 29-year-old man was apprehended by worshippers who broke from prayer to restrain him until police arrived. In a statement, the mosque said the injured man was the muezzin, the person who makes the call to prayer, and he had been stabbed shortly after 15:00 GMT during afternoon prayer. The mosque's director general, Dr Ahmad Al Dubayan said he had a brief phone conversation with the muezzin in hospital, who said he was "okay and feeling well". Ayaz Ahmad, an adviser to the mosque, said the stabbing "would have been life-threatening if it wasn't for the worshippers". Images from inside the mosque showed a man wearing a red hooded top, jeans and with bare feet being pinned to the floor by police officers. One video showed a knife on the floor under a plastic chair. PICTURE: ITV/UNPIXS (EUROPE) 20/02/2020

A 29-year-old man, who is believed to have been attending prayers at the mosque was arrested on suspicion of attempted murder at the scene today.

Mr Maqlad was taken to hospital, where his condition is not life-threatening and Scotland Yard is not treating the attack as terror-related, or seeking any other suspects. Witnesses told how the suspect launched a ‘vicious attack’ on the muezzin, who made the call to prayer, at around 3pm.


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