Mar 16, 2019 07:57 Asia/Tehran

Two thugs armed with hammer attacked a Muslim worshiper near a mosque in Whitechapel, East London on Friday.

Iran Press/Europe: The shocking assault took place just hours after dozens of people were killed at two mosques in New Zealand by white supremacists.

Two men in their 20s, attacked a moving car on Cannon Street Road in Whitechapel near the mosque.

A spokesperson for the Metropolitan Police confirmed that an Asian man, 27, sustained head injuries after being attacked with a hammer.

Eyewitnesses said the thugs called worshipers who were attending Friday prayers at a nearby mosque “terrorists”, reports The Independent.

According to reports, the men shouted Islamaphobic abuse from a car before getting out of the vehicle and carrying out the attack when they were chased by locals.

The Metropolitan Police said: “It was reported that three males got out of a blue Ford Fiesta and attacked another man with a weapon - believed to be a hammer or other blunt object."

 The suspects returned to their car and left the scene before police arrived.

Authorities are still investigating the incident. No arrests have been made.

This comes as security at mosques across Britain was stepped up as experts warned a New Zealand-style massacre could happen here.

Police increased patrols at mosques and offered safety advice over fears of a copycat attack in the UK by neo-Nazis.

New Zealand shooter Brenton Tarrant named Darren Osborne, the Right-wing fanatic who drove into a crowd of Muslim worshipers outside a mosque in Finsbury Park, North London, in June 2017, as one of his inspirations.

49 people were killed and more than 50 seriously wounded in mass shootings at two mosques full of worshipers attending Friday prayers in Christchurch, New Zealand on Friday. 101/211/205

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