COPS have launched a manhunt as a “masked gunman” entered an East London mosque and opened fire after being forced out by brave worshippers.
Emergency crews raced to Seven Kings Mosque at around 10:45pm last night but the gunman had fled by the time they arrived.
Police said the man had been forced outside by people taking part in night prayers before a gunshot was heard.
Officers believed the weapon was only capable of firing blanks and no-one was injured.
The incident is not being treated as terror related.
A Metropolitan Police spokesman said: “Police were called at 22.45pm on Thursday, May 9, to reports that a man, believed to be in possession of a firearm, had entered a mosque on High Road in Seven Kings.
“The man was ushered outside of the building by those inside. A gunshot was then heard.
“Officers, including firearms officers, attended.
“There were no reported injuries. A large police presence remains at the scene.”
The suspect ran from the scene when stopped by brothers standing guard at the mosqueMufti Suhail, imam of the Seven Kings Mosque
In a second statement on Twitter, the force added: “At this early stage, it is thought that the weapon was a blank firing handgun.
“There were no injuries or damage caused.
“The incident is not being treated as terrorism-related.”
No arrests have been made and enquiries continue.
WORSHIPPERS STAND GUARD
Eye-witnesses said hero worshippers forced the suspected gunman out of the mosque and stopped him from getting back inside before a shot was fired.
Abu Chowdhury, 28, told The Mirror: “I was inches away from where [the gunman] was.
“People were saying ‘get away, take your mask off’.
“About three to four people stormed inside the mosque.
“I could hear one man saying ‘he’s got a gun, he’s got a gun’.
“The guy said ‘he’s got a gun’ and then the shot was fired.
“He was inside the mosque when the shot was fired.”