Father-of-six imam ‘assassinated’ on London street by ‘Syrian hit squad’

A Syrian preacher at a fundamentalist mosque was shot dead in broad daylight on a London street yesterday in a suspected assassination by his country’s regime.

Abdul Hadi Arwani, 48, a fierce critic of president Bashar al-Assad, was found slumped in a Volkswagen Passat with wounds to his chest in the suburban street at 11.15am.

An air ambulance was called but he was declared dead at the scene in Wembley half an hour later.

The preacher is understood to have six children, including a one-year-old girl.