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British court accuses homeless man of stabbing imam of a mosque in London

UNITED STATES (OBSERVATORY NEWS) — On Saturday, a British court charged a 29-year-old homeless man with serious bodily harm and illegal possession of a knife that he used to stab an imam and a muezzin of a mosque during prayer.

Daniel Horton had stabbed the imam of the central mosque in London, Raafat Mujallad, during the afternoon prayer, before the worshipers caught him waiting for the police who arrested him to arrive.

London police immediately ruled out the existence of terrorist motives behind the stabbing incident.

He was treated at a hospital in London and returned Friday to the mosque to pray with his hands tied, as he told reporters, “I forgive him, and I feel sorry for him.”

He added, “For me as a Muslim, I do not hold hatred in my heart.”

Prosecutor Tania Doughera told the court that Mujallad was wounded in the neck.

She added that the two men know each other, because Horton used to go to the central mosque in Regent’s Park in northwest London over the past years.

Horton was kept in detention before a second hearing, scheduled for 20 March, was held.

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