Seven Kings mosque on lockdown in Ilford after shot fired during prayers

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  • 00:33, 10 MAY 2019
  • Updated00:41, 10 MAY 2019

A mosque is on lockdown after a man believed to be carrying a gun tried to make his way inside during prayers.

Police say the suspected gunman was ushered outside before a shot was fired at Seven Kings mosque in Ilford, London.

People at the mosque reportedly 'chased' the suspected gunman out of the building, according to multiple posts on social media.

Police have launched a manhunt for the suspected shooter.

No-one was injured in the incident and police said officers will stay at the scene overnight.

Several social media users said the alleged armed man had his face covered when he entered the mosque.

The incident took place place during prayers for the month-long religious celebration of Ramadan, when Muslims fast from dawn until sunset.

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.

Abdul Ahad wrote on Facebook: "Keep safe… 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 [thank God] no one injured or hurt, but one shot was fired and unfortunately he ran away."

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