A mosque is on lockdown tonight after a shot was fired during Ramadan prayers.
Metropolitan Police confirmed there was a ‘firearm discharge’ at the Seven Kings Mosque in Ilford, east London.
According to onlookers, a gunman entered the religious building before being chased out and shooting what is thought to be a blank firing handgun once.
Footage on social media shows a mosque is on lockdown after a shot was fired during Ramadan prayers
A large police presence was deployed at around 10.45pm and will remain at the scene overnight.
No injuries were reported and police enquiries are on-going. No arrests have been made.
Several social media users said the alleged armed man had his face covered upon entering the mosque.
Abdul Ahad wrote on Facebook: ‘During taraweeh prayers this evening there was an incident involving a firearm at Seven Kings masjid (mosque).
‘A man with fully covered face entered the masjid during taraweeh prayers. Alhamdulillah no one injured or hurt, but one shot was fired and unfortunately he ran away.’
The Metropolitan Police confirmed there was a ‘firearm discharge’ at the Seven Kings Mosque (pictured) in Ilford, East London
Several social media users said the alleged armed man had his face covered upon entering the mosque
Rizwan Yahya said: ‘Was just informed that a man wearing balaclavas entered Seven Kings Mosque in London with a gun and fired a shot.
‘By the grace of Allah no one is hurt and he ran away. May Allah keeps everyone safe. Aameen!’
One worshipper wrote on Twitter that he was in the mosque at the time the shot was fired, adding: ‘During Taraweeh a guy entered the mosque with a gun,
‘Whilst praying I heard the sound of a loud bang. He was chased out by management, but ran away and still not found by the police.’
Metropolitan Police said: ‘At this early stage, it is thought that the weapon was a blank firing handgun.’
Metropolitan Police said: ‘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.’
They added: ‘Officers will continue to work closely with representatives from the mosque and are providing reassurance to the local community.
‘Anyone with information is asked to contact officers via 101 quoting ref: 8585/09May’
The incident took place place during prayers for the month-long religious celebration of Ramadan, when Muslims fast from dawn until sunset.
The Met police on Twitter said that a ‘large police presence will remain in the area overnight’
MP for Ilford North, Wes Streeting, took to Twitter following the incident and said: ‘Thank you to @MPSRedbridge for a swift response. I will in touch with Police in the morning re: mosque security.’
An earlier statement, a Met spokesperson said: ‘Police were called at 10.45pm 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. There have been no arrests and enquiries continue.’
‘A large police presence remains at the scene. The Trident and Area Crime Command will be informed.’
MP for Ilford North, Wes Streeting, took to Twitter following the incident and said: ‘I am aware of the reports of a man with a firearm at Seven Kings Mosque during prayers tonight and am relieved that no one appears to have been hurt or injured.
‘Thank you to @MPSRedbridge for a swift response. I will in touch with Police in the morning re: mosque security.’