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English Defence League leader Tommy Robinson (left) with EDL supporters outside The Queens Arms pub in Woolwich following the death of a man, believed to be a serving soldier, who was butchered in broad daylight  near the Royal Artillery Barracks in Woolwich, London. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Wednesday May 22, 2013. See PA story POLICE Woolwich Retaliation. Photo credit should read: Neil Lancefield/PA Wire

English Defence League leader Tommy Robinson (left) with EDL supporters outside The Queens Arms pub in Woolwich following the death of a man, believed to be a serving soldier, who was butchered in broad daylight near the Royal Artillery Barracks in Woolwich, London. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Wednesday May 22, 2013. See PA story POLICE Woolwich Retaliation. Photo credit should read: Neil Lancefield/PA Wire

English Defence League leader Tommy Robinson (left) with EDL supporters outside The Queens Arms pub in Woolwich following the death of a man, believed to be a serving soldier, who was butchered in broad daylight near the Royal Artillery Barracks in Woolwich, London. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Wednesday May 22, 2013. See PA story POLICE Woolwich Retaliation. Photo credit should read: Neil Lancefield/PA Wire

TWO men have been arrested after separate attacks on mosques following the Woolwich terrorist attack.

A 43-year-old man is in custody on suspicion of attempted arson after reportedly walking into a mosque with a knife in Braintree, Essex, UK.

No one was thought to have been injured.

Essex Police said a 43-year-old from Braintree was arrested on suspicion of possession of an offensive weapon and attempted arson.

The spokesman added that police were investigating the "full circumstances" and said "it would not be appropriate to speculate at this time".

Meanwhile, police in Kent were called to reports of criminal damage at a mosque in Canterbury Street, Gillingham, at 8.40pm.

A spokesman said a man is in custody on suspicion of racially-aggravated criminal damage.

Supporters of the far-right English Defence League (EDL) gathered at Woolwich Arsenal train station near the scene of the attack and threw bottles at police.

EDL leader Tommy Robinson, who was among a group of around 250 men, said: "They're chopping our soldiers' heads off. This is Islam. That's what we've seen today."

He added: "They've cut off one of our Army's heads off on the streets of London."

The secretary of the mosque in Braintree, Sikander Saleemy, said that he felt like it was a "revenge attack".

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