Man arrested, accused of making threats at London Mosque

CTV London - A 24-year-old London man is in custody after police say he threatened to shoot people at the London Mosque.

Police say shortly before 2 p.m. Sunday, police were contacted by the mosque about a male who had threatened to shoot those inside the mosque.

Numerous officers were dispatched to the mosque and police said occupants were able to keep the man outside until authorities arrived. The man was taken into custody without incident.

People attending the mosque on Oxford Street West on Sunday afternoon, were upset and concerned, but did not want to comment. Mosque officials also would not comment.

Police say there were about 50 people inside at the time of the alleged threats.

There was a large police presence - about 20 officers - at the mosque.

They are unable to determine yet if this incident is hate motivated.

“We can’t say specifically what his motive is at this point, but obviously that type of threat at this, you know, type of a location causes us great concern especially given the climate in today’s society," said Staff Sgt. Ryan Scrivens of the London police.

No firearm was seen, but the investigation is ongoing.

Charges are pending.

Nawaz Tahir, a spokesperson for the mosque, said they were allowing police to continue to gather information but he expects to make a statement at some point.