A man has been arrested on suspicion of attempted murder after a knife attack at a mosque in central London.

A prayer leader in his 70s was stabbed in a London mosque on Thursday (Feb 20) and the assailant was arrested on suspicion of attempted murder, police and mosque officials said.

London’s Metropolitan Police said detectives did not believe the incident was terrorism-related.

“A 29-year-old man, who is believed to have been attending prayers, was arrested inside the mosque on suspicion of attempted murder,” they added in a statement.

Prime Minister Boris Johnson said he was deeply saddened to hear of the attack.

“It’s so awful that this should happen, especially in a place of worship. My thoughts are with the victim and all those affected,” Johnson said on Twitter.

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