Shocking moment two men brandishing hammers attack a moving car near a mosque which left 27-year-old man with head wound
- Violent assault launched by two white men in their 20s in Whitechapel, London
- Asian man, 27, hospitalised with head injuries after being beaten with hammers
- Men climbed on bonnet of moving car and smashed windscreen with weapons
Horrifying footage has emerged showing two thugs smashing up a moving car with ‘a hammer and a baton’ in broad daylight near a mosque in East London today.
The men, described as white and in their 20s, were filmed clinging to the bonnet of the black Ford Fiesta and trying to attack the victim inside as it sped down the road in front of frightened witnesses.
A 27-year-old Asian man was hospitalised with head injuries following the violent assault at lunchtime on the busy street in Whitechapel, Met Police confirmed.
Two white men in their 20s appear to brandish a hammer and baton before attacking the black Ford Fiesta near a mosque in Whitechapel, east London
One of the attackers jumps on the bonnet of the moving car and smashes the windscreen in an attempt to get the victim inside
A 27-year-old Asian man was hospitalised with head injuries after the attackers clubbed him with hammers. Pictured: The windscreen and back window were caved in during the assault
Some witnesses claimed the attackers shouted Islamophobic abuse from a car before getting out and brandishing weapons near the Ashaadibi Centre mosque.
But a spokesman for the force said initial witness accounts ‘didn’t indicate that this was a hate crime’.
Police – who were called to the scene at 1.18pm today – said the victim is yet to give them a full account of the incident
The attack took place hours after at least 49 worshippers were killed at two mosques in New Zealand by a far-right terrorist.
A spokesman 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.
Some witnesses claimed the attackers shouted Islamophobic abuse from a car before getting out and brandishing weapons
The attackers chase after the car when the victim tries to escape – as witnesses stroll by in the background
‘The suspects returned to their car and left the scene before police arrived. Enquiries are ongoing to trace this vehicle.
The suspects are all described as white men, believed to be aged in their 20s’. The spokesperson said the victim was ‘abusive’ towards hospital staff and left without being treated.
They said: ‘The London Ambulance Service were called, but the 27-year-old victim was driven directly to an east London hospital by friends.
‘At hospital, it was established that the victim had sustained a head injury, which was not believed to be serious.
‘However, he was abusive towards hospital staff, and left the hospital without being treated.’
No arrests have been made.