May says security Cabinet to meet after crash

Ruben Ruiz
June 19, 2017

The British Muslim Council said over the past weeks and months Muslims have "endured many incidents of Islamophobia, and this is the most violent manifestation to date".

Prime Minister Theresa May called it a "terrible incident", and said: "All my thoughts are with those who have been injured, their loved ones and the emergency services on the scene".

A view of the van believed to have been used in the attack on pedestrians in Finsbury Park area of north London on June 19, 2017.

Toufik Kacimi, chief executive of the Muslim Welfare House, speaking to Sky News, said the attack clearly targeted Muslims, who were leaving evening prayers during Ramadan.

One man died and 10 others were injured after the attack, which police are treating as terrorism.

Police said that one man had been arrested at the scene and that no further suspects had been identified.

London mayor Sadiq Khan said the attack was "an assault on all our shared values of tolerance, freedom and respect".

Earlier this month, three knife-wielding Islamist attackers went on a rampage in the British capital, plowing a van into pedestrians on the London Bridge before stabbing revellers in a nearby market, killing seven people.

He added: "I said, 'tell me why did you try driving to kill innocent people?'"

10 people were injured, with eight being taken to hospital, and one man died at the scene.

The attacks were a factor in campaigning ahead of the June 8 election, with Prime Minister May criticized for overseeing a drop of 20,000 in the number of police officers in England and Wales as interior minister from 2010 to 2016.

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A leader of the Muslim Council of Britain has called for extra security at mosques after a van struck worshippers leaving prayers at the Finsbury Park mosque.

Finsbury Park mosque was once infamous as the stamping ground of hook-handed hate preacher Abu Hamza.

"My prayers are with the victims and their families".

The van rammed into the worshipers on Seven Sisters Road, a busy thoroughfare in Finsbury Park, north London, near a Muslim community center and a mosque. "When he was running, he said 'I want to kill more people, I want to kill more Muslims, '" he said.

Vanzella said the north London community is very diverse, with churches of various faiths within blocks of one another.

The chairman of the Finsbury Park Mosque says the van crash that hit worshippers was a "cowardly attack" and urged Muslims going to mosques to be vigilant.

Eyewitnesses reported seeing police give emergency heart massage to at least one of the injured.

The attack is the latest to hit a country traumatized by a wave of recent terrorist incidents and a city still struggling to deal with last week's deadly tower block inferno.

"One man was pronounced dead at the scene..."

He said the driver had run out of the van but a group of people caught him and held him until police arrived.

Witnesses said the road was "backed up" with police cars, ambulance and fire engines.

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