LONDON – British police are investigating a potential hate crime after a automobile hit pedestrians close to a Muslim neighborhood centre, injuring three individuals.
Police had been known as early Wednesday morning after a confrontation developed between 4 individuals in a automobile and a big group of individuals visiting a Muslim neighborhood centre and mosque within the Cricklewood space of northwest London.
Officers stated some anti-Muslim feedback had been made and the automobile reportedly sustained minor injury from a number of the individuals from the centre. It then sped off, mounting the pavement twice, and hitting three individuals with out stopping.
Police stated the accidents will not be life threatening though two individuals wanted hospital remedy. The case isn’t being handled as associated to terrorism.
“It’s being handled as an Islamophobic hate crime and it’s being handled as a racist hate crime,” Simon Rose, the metropolitan police chief superintendent, stated.
The Hussaini Affiliation, which had organized a lecture on the mosque, known as the collision “a suspected premeditated Islamophobic assault.”
In an announcement, the group stated the automobile “swerved into harmless bystanders” and the occupants had been heard shouting anti-Islamic taunts simply earlier than the assault.
Police are trying to find the automobile and its occupants, reported as three males and a girl.
“This incident isn’t being handled as terror-related however the hate crime side of the collision is being checked out by detectives as an aggravating issue,” police stated in an announcement.