London police plead for calm after attack at mosque

Elias Hubbard
June 19, 2017

ONE MAN has died and ten people are injured after a white van mowed down a group of worshippers nearby a mosque in north London.

She was due to hold an emergency ministerial meeting on Monday. "All my thoughts are with the victims, their families and the emergency services on the scene", she said in a statement on Monday.

It comes after two deadly Islamist attacks this year that used vehicles to ram pedestrians - one earlier this month in the London Bridge area and a March attack in which a man drove a auto into crowds on Westminster Bridge. "It's a very strong Muslim community in this area and what's happening today is I think the people must be extremely, extremely sad", Al-Sulaman said. A man was inside in the van, I saw with my eye, and the old man was also on the ground, and I see some people were also injured.

The spokesman continued: "The driver of the van - a man aged 48 - was found detained by members of public at the scene and then arrested by police in connection with the incident".

The Muslim Council of Britain, an advocacy group for the country's Muslim community, said in a Monday tweet that the incident took place near the Muslim Welfare House - on the opposite side of the road - not outside the Finsbury Park Mosque itself.

The Guardian reported that the attacks came during the holy month of Ramadan, when numerous Muslims gather at the Finsbury Park area which has two mosques.

- London Mayor Sadiq Khan called the incident "a horrific terrorist attack".

Another witness, Ratib Al-Sulaman, told CNN there was a Muslim majority in the local area.

On March 22, a man drove a rented vehicle into pedestrians on Westminster Bridge in London and stabbed a police officer guarding the British parliament to death before being shot dead.

- Two eyewitnesses tell CNN they saw three men in the van.

Rowling, the Harry Potter author, attacked the "usual newspapers" after elements of the press accused the place of worship as harbouring terrorists. "Our prayers are with the victims". One person has been arrested.

The attack will stretch the capacity of authorities in Britain, who have faced four attacks in recent months, together with a major fire that has killed dozens.

According to eyewitnesses this was a deliberate attack against innocent Muslims going about their life.

Vanzella said she saw police put a man into a police vehicle and take him away, but she didn't see them arrest him.

Linking to a article in the Islington Gazette, she noted that the Finsbury Park Mosque, on St Thomas's Road, has been commended for tackling extremism.

"Ramadan is a time when Muslims are more visible and when there are larger congregations who attend late at night to pray after opening their fasts".

Manchester was also hit by a severe attack when a bomber killed more than 20 people at an Ariana Grande concert. He complained that the "mainstream media" was unwilling to call the attack a terrorist incident for many hours.

Other reports by Click Lancashire

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