Cricklewood Mosque 'Attack': Three Injured After Car Ploughs Into Pedestrians

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Police outside The Hussaini Association in Oxgate Lane, Cricklewood.

Detectives are investigating whether an incident in which a car hit pedestrians outside a mosque was an anti-Muslim attack.

Three people were struck by the vehicle outside the Al-Majlis Al-Hussaini Islamic centre in Cricklewood, north west London, as it sped away following a row, Scotland Yard said.

Two men in their 20s suffered minor injuries, and a man in his 50s is in hospital with a serious leg injury, police said.

The force said it is investigating reports the occupants of the car shouted “anti-Islamic taunts” after being asked to leave by security for drinking, using drugs and behaving anti-socially.

A statement from The Hussaini Organisation, which runs the centre, described the incident as a “suspected premeditated Islamophobic attack”.

“We are in deep shock at such an attack taking place on our community but remain proud to live in a diverse and tolerant society and as such we remain unintimidated,” the statement said.

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The Hussaini Association was busy following a lecture, which was well attended by the local community.

Officers were called to Oxgate Lane, near Edgware Road, at around 12.35am on Wednesday.

Occupants of the car, inside a private car park at the Islamic centre, were told to leave by security at around 12.20am for anti-social behaviour, drinking and apparently using drugs, the force said.

The occupants, three men and a woman in their mid-20s, were then involved in a row with a group outside the centre where anti-Muslim language was apparently used.

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Police said they were probing possible anti-Muslim taunts made before the car was driven at pedestrians.

Some of the crowd reportedly inflicted…

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