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London mosque assault: driver runs over pedestrians in Cricklewood

TWO people have been taken to hospital after a car collided with them outside an Islamic centre in north London.

Emergency services were called to the Al-Majlis Al-Hussaini Islamic Centre on Oxgate Lane in Brent shortly after 12.30am on Wednesday morning, London time.

The car failed to stop after colliding with three people, however two were transported with minor injuries.

In a statement the Metropolitan Police said the incident was not being treated as terror-related, rather as a hate crime.

Police said there were reports that the people in the car — three men and a woman all in their mid-twenties — were behaving “anti-socially, drinking and allegedly using drugs”.

The group was asked to leave the private car park however they then reportedly drove near the centre where the driver and passengers were involved in a “confrontation” with a group of people visiting the centre.

It’s alleged Islamophobic comments were made by those in the car.

The car then reportedly sustained minor damage as a result of the comments and it sped off, colliding with three people.

In a post on Facebook, The Hussaini Association said patrons were “indiscriminately mown down in a suspected premeditated Islamphobic attack”.

“Eye witnesses saw a red Nissan Juke hurtling down Oxgate Lane just as the evening programme finished, mounting the pavement and hitting innocent members of the community who were heading home at around midnight,” the post read.

“The driver was a caucasian male and had three passengers in the car with him.

“The passengers were two males and a female and all of them were also of caucasian origin.

“They were heard shouting anti Islamic taunts at the crowd before they started their attack.”

Police are investigating.

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