Terror attack near London mosque, one dead

Pauline Gross
June 20, 2017

Monday's attack is the third in London since March involving a vehicle as a weapon against pedestrians. A vehicle struck pedestrians near a mosque in north London early Monday morn.

The attack occurred about 12:20 a.m. when a speeding white van swerved into worshippers emerging from prayers outside the Muslim Welfare House and nearby Finsbury Park Mosque.

"This is being treated as a terrorist attack and the Counter-Terrorism Command is investigating", said Neil Basu, senior national coordinator for terrorism at the Met.

One elderly man, who had collapsed just before the incident, was pronounced dead at the scene, but it is not yet known whether his death was directly linked to the attack.

Communities and Local Government Secretary Sajid Javid visited the scene and condemned what he described as an attack on innocent people. Police have not released his identity.

A further nine people were injured and taken to three different hospitals across the capital.

The headline has since been updated and now calls the suspect a "terror attacker".

Eight people were taken to hospital and two more were treated for minor injuries at the scene. This has led to an atmosphere where it is acceptable to harass and ostracize Muslims.

"Less than 48 hours later, the same area experienced a terrorist attack aimed at killing Muslims returning home after their Ramadan prayers".

- Eight people were hospitalized, all Muslim. "The situation is still unfolding and I urge all Londoners to remain calm and vigilant".

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"Over the past weeks and months, Muslims have endured many incidents of Islamophobia and this is the most violent manifestation to date".

Mamhoud was joined by several other bystanders who formed a protective ring around the suspect until police hustled him into the back of a van, the Evening Standard reported.

Police said all of the victims were members of the Muslim community.

The imam of a Muslim center in London has been praised for his "bravery and courage" in stopping an angry crowd turning on the driver involved in a van attack. He was just coming out of prayers, a nice gentleman going home after prayers and he is hit and killed by a auto - what did he do? Why? Why?

"This was an attack on Muslims near their place of worship", she said in a televised address. "There has been one person arrested".

"There has been an outpouring of sympathy for all the recent terror attacks but hardly a whisper on this attack", he said.

Both Warfa and Sulaman said there were three people originally in the van, and that two had run away.

"This was an attack on London and all Londoners and we should all stand together against extremists whatever their cause". However, the mosque was shut down and reorganized and has not been associated with radical views for more than a decade.

"All my thoughts are with those who have been injured, their loved ones, and the emergency services on the scene", she said.

Britain's terrorist alert is set at "severe", meaning an attack is highly likely, Sky News reported.

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