A man was left with a head injury after a group of "hammer-wielding" thugs attacked him outside a mosque in London yesterday.
Witnesses say the trio of attackers shouted Islamaphobic abuse at worshippers in Whitechapel as they drove past on Friday, the Independent reports.
Attendees were also reported to have been branded "terrorists" by the thugs.
Some worshippers followed the car, only for the attackers to climb out of the vehicle and attack a man with a weapon, thought to be a hammer.
A 27-year-old man was taken to hospital after suffering a head injury. The Metropolitan police said it was not serious.
Disturbing footage shows the trio fleeing in their blue Ford Fiesta, with one of them clinging onto the bonnet in a bid to get away.
The attack happened just hours after 49 people were shot dead at two mosques in Christchurch, New Zealand, by an Australian white supremacist.
The Met Police, who were called to the scene at 1.18pm on Friday, said: “It was reported that three males got out of a blue Ford Fiesta and attacked another man with a weapon – believed to be a hammer or other blunt object.
“The suspects returned to their car and left the scene before police arrived.
“Enquiries are ongoing to trace this vehicle. The suspects are all described as white men, believed to be aged in their 20s.”
The Met Police spokesperson said the victim was “abusive” towards hospital staff.
They said: “The London Ambulance Service were called, but the 27-year-old victim was driven directly to an east London hospital by friends.
“At hospital, it was established that the victim had sustained a head injury, which was not believed to be serious.
“However, he was abusive towards hospital staff, and left the hospital without being treated.”
Authorities are still investigating the incident. No arrests have been made.
It comes just after UK police beefed up security outside mosques following the terror attack in New Zealand.
"Whilst there is no intelligence linking these appalling events in Christchurch to the UK, additional uniform patrols will continue in London and nationally over the coming days, focusing on places of worship and specific communities," Neil Basu, the national policing lead for counter-terrorism, said.
"We are paying specific attention to Mosques, particularly Friday prayers.
"Many communities will be understandably concerned and local officers will be out and about providing reassurance and protective security advice to communities, places of worship and businesses."
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