Regent’s Park stabbing victim oversaw funeral of Diana’s boyfriend Dodi Fayed
The elderly victim of a knife maniac who rampaged through a central London mosque oversaw the funeral of Princess Diana’s boyfriend Dodi Fayed.
Raafat Maglad, 70, let the call to prayer after Dodi’s coffin was carried into the Regent’s Park mosque following his and Diana’s sudden death in a car crash.
He was stabbed in the throat after the attacker sprinted into afternoon prayers brandishing a knife.
Maglad has worked at the mosque for over 25 years and gives the call to prayer five times a day, report the Mirror.
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Scotland Yard are not treating the incident as terror related and the assailant has been arrested on suspicion of attempted murder.
A witness to the attack said the suspect had been a regular in the mosque and had been attending since at least six months ago.
Worshippers told how they pinned the attacker to the ground before disarming him as the police swooped in.
Ayaz Ahmad said: "Everybody's reaction was shock and horror, the men were screaming.
"It was a vicious attack. We live in a society where we hear a lot about knife crime and what have you but actually to physically be in a situation where you're first-hand watching an attempted murder take place it's very shocking."
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Dramatic footage shows a knife lying on the floor as police arrested the suspect.
Prime Minister Boris Johnson was “deeply saddened” by the horror.
He said: “It’s awful this should happen, especially in a place of worship.”
Diana, Princess of Wales, Dodi, their driver Henri Paul died in a car crash in Paris on August 31, 1997.
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