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Armed police surround London Central Mosque after man is stabbed to death and 'suspect runs inside'
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Police say the attack was not terror related — but officers reportedly entered the mosque near Regent's Park to search for suspects amid reports they ran inside. The Met Police said a man, in his early 20s, was found with stab wounds in a housing block at Elmton Court, Cunningham Place, Westminster, at about 6.15pm, yesterday. He was treated at the scene with help from paramedics but later died in hospital — making him the 31st murder victim in Lawless London so far this year.

At about the same time yesterday, a 17-year-old was repeatedly stabbed in Markhouse Road, in Walthamstow, East London. And the day before a 25-year-old man was shot dead in broad daylight in West Norwood, in South London. It comes amid a string of attacks this week, with six people including four teens stabbed on Tuesday alone.

Witnesses at the mosque last night claimed they saw two men being detained in handcuffs. But the Met said no arrests have been made and officers continue to hunt the suspects. Video from outside the mosque shared on social media showed armed police at the gates to the London Central Mosque, near Regent's Park, as a helicopter circled overhead.

A police cordon was in place at the mosque following the incident, with officers flanking parts of the building's perimeter, as a helicopter methodically circled overhead. Witnesses say a man ran into the mosque shortly after the stabbing. One of them, Bahir Moulana, said he was walking towards the mosque as the police were pushing people back before they closed the main gate. With a number of armed officers at the scene, the 39-year-old said it gave him the "jitters", especially following the recent attack at two mosques in New Zealand. Mr Moulana said: "I saw all the blue lights and my heart was in my mouth."

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