Even After Being Attacked, London Imam Responds To Violence With Peace

Even After Being Attacked, London Imam Responds To Violence With Peace

She spoke as Security Minister Ben Wallace confirmed the man was not known to the security services.

Eyewitness Abdul Rahman said the driver had said he wanted to “kill all Muslims” and told the BBC that he struck the man and helped subdue him.

“There has been an outpouring of sympathy for all the recent terror attacks but hardly a whisper on this attack”, said 23-year-old Ali Habib, who described how the white van swerve into a crowd of worshippers gathered outside a mosque following evening prayers.

British Prime Minister Theresa May today condemned the lone wolf terror attack near a London mosque was “every bit as sickening” as the recent ones to hit the country.

“While this appears to be an attack on a particular community, like the awful attacks in Manchester, Westminster and London Bridge, it is also an assault on all our shared values of tolerance, freedom and respect”, Khan said.

“There is no place for this hatred in our country today and we need to work together as one society, one community, to drive it out, this evil which is affecting so many families”.

Locals pinned down the driver and the imam of the Muslim Welfare House stepped in to stop him receiving a mob beating.

Imam Mohammed Mahmoud, who reportedly stopped the suspect from being harmed by a group of angry people, said he and others did their best to calm tensions.

Witnesses said the suspect was smiling and waving as he brought carnage to Seven Sisters Road, with video posted online showing him give a nonchalant wave as police put him in the back of their vehicle. Two other people were treated at the scene for minor injuries but walked away.

She was hurried into the building, with aides saying she was keeping to a tight schedule, but was greeted with heckles and jeers as she got into her vehicle to go back to Downing Street.

“Luckily I managed to escape when I did and then the guy came out from his van, I got him one guy who was running through behind him and they came past me, so I managed to get him on the floor”, Alamoudi told Buzzfeed News.

“We arrived on the scene within minutes after the accident, we found the assailant on the floor being restrained by around three people”, he said.

He is also alleged to have told the injured: “You deserve it”. “Immediately after the incident, people were praying for the victims of the attack“.

London police have declared the crash a major incident and closed the area to normal traffic.

Eight others are in hospital, with two in a very serious condition.

All of the casualties were Muslims.

Metropolitan Police Deputy Assistant Commissioner Neil Basu thanked members of the public who restrained the driver, saying “their restraint in the circumstances was commendable”.

“That is why the counter-terrorism command were called out to investigate”.

Pictures of the van indicated it was rented from Pontyclun Van Hire, northwest of Cardiff.

South Wales Police are working with officers from London on the investigation.

London Mayor Sadiq Khan, the first Muslim to serve in that position, said extra police would be deployed.

“The perpetrator of this attack – and those awful attacks that we saw recently in Manchester and London – their intention is to seek to divide society”.

Locals at the scene said they feared “hate against hate” breeding in the community. After the silence, Mohammed Kozbar read a brief statement declaring that an “an attack on one faith is an attack on all faiths”.