English cardinal after mosque attack: 'Repudiate hatred and violence'

Claudine Rigal
Juin 20, 2017

Ten people were hurt, all Muslims, with eight requiring hospital treatment. Two others were treated for minor injuries.

Police have arrested a 48-year-old man.

Some members of the community suggested in the aftermath of Monday's Finsbury Park attack - which left one man dead and 10 injured - that it was not handled the same way as the attacks on London Bridge and Westminster attacks earlier this year. "Police declared it a terrorist incident within eight minutes". CNN spoke to a man at the company, who said he was the owner but declined to give his name.

A man, who had earlier suffered a heart attack, died at the scene but it was not clear if his death was connected to the van attack. A local imam, Mohammed Mahmoud, said he and others shielded the man until police could take him away.

"All the victims were Muslim and there are now no- other suspects", he added. Then he was saying, "Kill me, kill me".

"By God's grace, we were able to protect him from harm", the imam said.

The suspect was first arrested for attempted murder and taken to a south London police station. He will also be subject of a mental health assessment in due course. Three Muslim extremists who carried out the attack were killed by police. A mob surrounded him and witnesses said the crowd began attacking him.

Authorities said the incident was being treated as a terror attack.

"London is a city of many faiths and many nationalities".

"We treat this as a terrorist attack and we in the Met are as shocked as anybody in this local community or across the country at what has happened".

After the London Bridge attack, the mayor's office reported a 40-percent increase in racist incidents in the capital and a five-fold increase in anti-Muslim incidents.

This time the attacker appeared to have deliberately targed Muslims.

May said: "Hatred and evil of this kind will never succeed".

She said security at mosques and other places of worship in the lead up to Eid Al-Fitr to reassure the community.

The Muslim Council of Britain confirmed that worshippers had been targeted in the attack. And like all terrorism, in whatever form, it shares the same fundamental goal.

"At this stage, we are calling for calm", he said.

Finsbury Park Mosque has been home in the past to several Islamist terrorists, including imam Mostafa Kamel Mostafa who is now serving a life sentence for killing four people, and shoe bomber Richard Reid who attempted to detonate explosives packed in his shoe on an American Airlines flight in December 2001. "My thoughts are with those and the community affected by this very bad event".

Monday morning the Muslim Welfare House headlined its website with this message: "All of us at Muslim Welfare House sends our thoughts and prayers to the victims and those injured in the major incident at Finsbury Park".

It was the third attack in London since March and the second using a vehicle as a deadly weapon.

"This is a resilient city".

US President Donald Trump's daughter Ivanka Trump expressed solidarity with the worshippers in a tweet but her father has so far remained silent.

Metropolitan Police said officers were called to the scene on Seven Sisters Road at 12:20 a.m. Monday. Many police cars and ambulances responded to the incident.

Police say one person died when a van hit crowd of worshippers in north London and the Counter Terrorism Command is investigating the crash.

On March 22, a man drove a rented auto into pedestrians on Westminster Bridge in London and stabbed a policeman to death before being shot dead.

This is published unedited from the PTI feed.

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