Manhunt underway and mosque sealed off following fatal stabbing in London

A manhunt was underway on Thursday night after a man was stabbed to death near a mosque in London.

London Central Mosque was surrounded by police following the stabbing at a nearby housing block in Cunningham Place, central London.

The incident is not believed to be terror-related, the Metropolitan Police said.

<em>Police were called to a housing block near to the mosque to reports of a stabbing (Picture: PA)</em>
Police were called to a housing block near to the mosque to reports of a stabbing (Picture: PA)
<em>London Central Mosque, near Regent’s Park, London was surrounded by police after the man was found stabbed in a nearby street (Picture: Dominic Lipinski/PA Wire)</em>
London Central Mosque, near Regent’s Park, London was surrounded by police after the man was found stabbed in a nearby street (Picture: Dominic Lipinski/PA Wire)

The force said officers were called at 6.15pm on Thursday to reports of a man having been attacked at Elmton Court, Cunningham Place.

They found a man suffering from stab injuries who was treated at the scene but later died in hospital.

A statement said: “Enquiries continue to trace the suspects, who fled the scene. There have been no arrests. A crime scene is in place. The incident is not believed to be terror-related.”

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Bahir Moulana told the Press Association that as he was walking towards the mosque police were pushing people back before closing the main gate.

Referring to recent attacks at two mosques in New Zealand, the 39-year-old said: “I saw all the blue lights and my heart was in my mouth.”

<em>Police said the incident is not believed to be terror-related (Picture: PA)</em>
Police said the incident is not believed to be terror-related (Picture: PA)
<em>A manhunt was underway on Thursday night following the stabbing (Picture: PA)</em>
A manhunt was underway on Thursday night following the stabbing (Picture: PA)

With worshippers eventually let out of the building, he added: “There was one girl who said she saw two guys run in. Someone else told me the police were chasing them.”

Karen Buck, Labour MP for Westminster North, said of the attack: “Deeply saddened to hear this awful news. Police have been in contact with me and we await further details.”

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