Van rams into crowd outside London mosque; 1 dead, several injured

Claudine Rigal
Juin 19, 2017

Police officers sweep the street outside a restaurant in Borough Market behind the cordon around the scene of the attack in London, Britain, June 7, 2017.

A terror attack on a group of worshippers near a mosque was "quite clearly an attack on Muslims", Metropolitan Police Commissioner Cressida Dick has said.

Together with several other people, he formed a protective circle around the officer who was trying to get the 48-year-old suspect into a police vehicle.

British Prime Minister Theresa May described the situation as a "terrible incident", the Guardian said.

The Metropolitan Police said they had been called to an incident involving a vehicle and pedestrians.

May was due to hold an emergency ministerial meeting later on Monday to discuss the attack. "All my thoughts are with those who have been injured, their loved ones, and the emergency services on the scene".

A man has died and 10 people have been injured after a man drove a van into worshippers near a north London mosque.

According to the council in a follow-up tweet, the van struck the victims closer to the Muslim Welfare House.

The crash occurred at a time when the multiethnic neighborhood was crowded with Muslims leaving the Finsbury Park mosque after Ramadan prayers. Eight others were taken to three area hospitals and two were treated at the scene.

"But I have to say the stress levels I have met already, from both people last night and this morning were just frightened, just frightened that something like this could happen again, and so we obviously need efficient and effective policing, we obviously need, also, an attitude in our society of support for each other".

Despite the change in leadership and a new focus on inter-faith relations, the mosque reported it had received a string of threatening emails and letters in the wake of the terror attacks in Paris.

A witness, who wanted to be identified as Abdul Rahman, said the driver of the van who attacked pedestrians in Finsbury Park, London, tried to escape and was heard saying "I want to kill Muslims", before being restrained by onlookers, according to the Guardian.

Khalid said three of this friends were injured after the white van mounted the sidewalk and drove deliberately into them, leaving at least one person dead and injuring 10.

Police arrested the van's driver, but were trying to determine whether the collision was accidental or deliberate. The Islamic center and mosque released a statement early Monday morning, appealing for calm. "I want to kill all Muslims".

Speaking to Buzzfeed News, he said: "This big van just came and went all over us".

The Muslim Council of Britain (MBC), an umbrella organization for Islamic organizations in the United Kingdom, said that the perpetrator appeared to be "motivated by Islamophobia". "Our prayers are with the victims". "It appears from eyewitness accounts that the perpetrator was motivated by Islamophobia", he said. There were few reports of the hate crime in London against the Muslims, however, this could be the biggest of the year, if proved.

Transportation officials said roads were being closed in the area.

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