Saturday 17 March 2018

Police investigate blaze at London mosque amid fears of connection to Woolwich attack

Police and fire services investigate the source of the blaze
Police and fire services investigate the source of the blaze

Rob Williams

UK Police are today investigating a blaze at a community centre and mosque in Muswell Hill amid concerns it may have been started deliberately in response to the Woolwich attack in which a British soldier was killed.

It is currently unclear whether the fire was started deliberately at the north London building which houses the Al-Rahma Islamic Centre and is listed as a mosque, and has partially collapsed as a result of the fire.

Scotland Yard said it is treating the fire at the Somali community centre as suspicious.

According to a Channel Four news reporter, police have confirmed that graffiti with letters "EDL"  was found inside the burnt remnants of the building.

Mohamed Ali of the Somali charity BritSom has told the London Evening Standard that he believes the incident is connected to the Woolwich attack.

Police are continuing to investigate the cause of the blaze which led the two-storey building to partially collapse.

One woman from a nearby property, in Muswell Hill, suffered shock and was treated at the scene, London Ambulance Service said.

A Scotland Yard spokesman said: "Police were called by London Fire Brigade at 3.25am on Wednesday 5 June to reports of a fire at a community centre on Coppetts Road, N10.

"Police, London Ambulance Service and London Fire Brigade attended. No one has been reported injured at this time.

"The cause of the fire is currently under investigation and two properties were evacuated close to the fire."

A fire service spokesman said the brigade was called at 3.14am.

Six fire engines and around 35 firefighters tackled the flames which were brought under control by 4.40am.

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