A London mosque was on lockdown and armed police were deployed after a gunshot rang out during Ramadan prayers on Thursday night, reports the Mail Online.
Metropolitan Police confirmed that 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.
A large police presence was deployed around 10:45pm on Thursday and remained at the scene overnight.
No injuries or damage were caused and the incident is not being treated as terrorism-related, Scotland Yard said.
Several social media users said the alleged armed man had his face covered upon entering the mosque.
The incident took place during prayers for the month-long religious celebration of Ramadan, when Muslims fast from dawn until sunset.
It comes amid heightened concerns over security at places of worship around the world.
A mass shooting at a mosque in Christchurch, New Zealand, in March left 50 people dead while a woman was killed when a gunman opened fire at a synagogue in California in April.
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