Van attack near mosque quite clearly aimed at Muslims, says police chief

Van attack near mosque quite clearly aimed at Muslims, says police chief

One man has died and 10 people have been injured after a van mounted a pavement near Finsbury Park Mosque.

Mahmoud said he was in the mosque shortly after prayers when “a brother came in, quite panicked, and said that somebody had run over a group of people and tried to kill them so we rushed out”.

“Action to address Islamophobia is now urgent, especially in a context of growing securitization of Muslims”, he added.

The population in the streets surrounding the scene of the attack is one of the most diverse in the capital, with Orthodox Jews living alongside Muslim communities from Algeria, Somalia and West Africa in a traditionally working class district fast undergoing the effects of gentrification.

Police said the suspected van driver, aged 48, had been detained by members of the public before being arrested on suspicion of attempted murder.

A man plowed through a crowd of Muslim worshipers at a mosque near Finsbury Park Station and Arsenal’s Emirates stadium in North London after midnight on Monday in an apparent terrorist attack, BBC News Reported. CNN spoke to a man at the company, who said he was the owner but declined to give his name. “When he got arrested, he was taunting, saying, “I’d do it again, I’d do it again”.

– Police said they believe the attacker acted alone, despite earlier reports from witnesses, who said they saw two other people flee the scene.

The attack comes just over two weeks after three Islamist militants drove into pedestrians on London Bridge and stabbed people at nearby restaurants and bars, killing eight.

“We will not let this happen”.

Theresa May has vowed that “hatred and evil” of the kind seen in the attack on a north London mosque will never succeed.

Saadiq Mizou, a 35-year-old chef originally from Belgium, said he’d been outside the scene since 2 a.m.

Police have not yet determined whether the fatality was a result of the van attack. That man has died and police said it was unclear if his death was related to the attack. British Security Minister Ben Wallace said authorities were aware of rising far-right activity but the suspect was not known to them prior to the attack.

Khan said there has been a spike in hate crime, including against Muslims, since the recent London bridge attack.

A shopkeeper who was there at the time said the imam had potentially saved his life, such was the anger of the crowd, as people lay bleeding around them. In a statement Khan said, “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”. “It was an attack that once again targeted the ordinary and the innocent, going about their daily lives”.

The Prime Minister acknowledged that the attack came at a “difficult time” for London following the Grenfell Tower fire and the London Bridge attack and she paid tribute to the spirit of the city. “This was an attack on London and all Londoners and we should all stand together against extremists whatever their cause”.

On May 22, a suicide attack killed 22 people and injured almost 60 after an Ariana Grande concert in Manchester.