Counter terrorism police are investigating whether the burning down of an Islamic centre in north London was in retaliation for the murder of Drummer Lee Rigby. English Defence League graffiti was daubed at the scene.
The fire, which broke out in the early hours of Wednesday morning, ravaged the home of the Somali Bravanese Welfare Association - also known as the Al-Rahma Islamic Centre - described as a place for learning, cultural activities and prayer.
Lul Abukar whose cousin Abu Bakar Ali runs the Somali Bravanese Welfare Association, said the centre was largely attended by children and functioned as a place of learning and prayer.
In a short statement the EDL said:
Our UK Editor Lucy Manning reports: