A 29-year-old man has been charged with GBH and possession of a bladed article following the stabbing of a prayer leader at a London mosque, police have said.

Daniel Horton, of no fixed abode, will appear at Westminster Magistrates’ Court later.

Raafat Maglad, who is in his 70s, was attacked during afternoon prayers on Thursday at London Central Mosque in Regent’s Park.

Mr Maglad was taken to hospital with stab wounds but was later discharged.

He returned to the mosque for Friday prayers less than 24 hours after the attack.

Wearing a sling to support his right arm and surrounded by security, Mr Maglad told reporters on Friday: I feel okay. This is my fate.

Mayor of London Sadiq Khan also arrived at the mosque in a show of support for Mr Maglad.

Mr Khan said shortly after the attack that every Londoner is entitled to feel safe in their place of worship and I want to reassure London’s communities that acts of violence in our city will not be tolerated.

He said extra police officers would be deployed in the area.

Prime Minister Boris Johnson said he was deeply saddened at the attack, adding: It’s so awful that this should happen, especially in a place of worship.

Scotland Yard are not treating the stabbing as terror-related.


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