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London mosque stabbing victim played a central role in Dodi Fayed’s funeral – EXCLUSIVE

London mosque stabbing victim played a central role in Dodi Fayed’s funeral – EXCLUSIVE 1

Dodi’s body was taken to the mosque, in Regent’s Park, where his distraught family gathered. Mr Maglad was present as Mohamed Fayed attended the traditional funeral prayers, which lasted 25 minutes.

Last night, he was recovering in hospital last night after the knife attack at London Central Mosque. 

Horrified witnesses told how the assailant waited for afternoon prayers to begin before jumping up and stabbing Raafat. 

Worshippers overpowered the knifeman, who had been taking part in the prayers, and held him down until police arrived and arrested him. 

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Police said the incident was not terror-related but are still investigating the suspect’s motives for the attack. 

Raafat’s injuries are not believed to be life-threatening.

The attacker, who is believed to be an occasional member of the congregation, was arrested for attempted murder. 

Witness Abi Watik said: “The victim had just said ‘Allahu Akbar’ and five seconds later he was stabbed. 

“He had worked at the mosque since 1991. We are all shocked. Nothing like this has ever happened before.” 

Another witness, Ayaz Ahmad, said: “It would have been life-threatening if it wasn’t for the worshippers who helped stop the guy and apprehend him. 

“He was there with the intent to kill someone. Stabbing someone in the neck is quite a direct intention of what he is doing. 

“He didn’t have the chance to attack anyone else.” Images posted to social media showed a white man in a red hooded top, jeans and bare feet pinned to the floor by police officers inside the mosque, as others, including a small child, watched on. 

One video showed a knife on the floor under a plastic chair. 

A Scotland Yard spokesman said a 29-year-old suspect had been taken into custody at a central London police station, adding: “The incident is not being treated as terror-related at this time.” 

Dr Ahmad Al Dubayan, the director general of the Islamic Cultural Centre, said: “He was attacked during the prayer itself with a knife, in the side of his neck. 

“He is in a good condition. We don’t know anything about the identity of this person or what their motivation was.” 

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