UK Muslims injured in 'racially aggravated attack' outside London mosque
London’s Metropolitan Police are investigating the incident at the Masjid Bilal and Islamic Centre in the East Ham area.
The worshippers were on their way to attend an iftar - the evening meal with which Muslims break their daily fast in Ramadan - at around 9pm when they were attacked by a group of around 15 men armed with poles, bottles, hockey sticks, and tubes, The Evening Standard reported.
Several people sustained minor injuries which did not need treatment. A rubbish bin near the mosque was also set alight, according to the reports.
London’s Metropolitan Police have not made any arrests but said they would increase patrols in the area.
There were more than 2,700 hate crimes against Muslims in the UK between March 2020 and March 2021, according to official statistics, accounting for nearly half of all hate crimes in the country.