Several injured when vehicle rams people leaving London mosque
- Author: Larry Hoffman Jun 19, 2017,
Jun 19, 2017, 22:00
Police say they are investigating these reports but believe that only one person carried out the attack.
As news of the attack of the broke, the author was quick to call out some of the "usual newspapers" for their coverage, which referred to the attacker as a "white van driver", rather than 'terrorist, ' presumably because it was seen to be an attack on Muslims rather than by Islamic extremists.
Mohammed Mahmoud, the imam from the Muslim Welfare House, stepped in to ensure the van driver was not hurt until he was bundled into a police van. The mosque, which today operates largely as a community center, rose to global notoriety in the early 2000s, due to its links with Egyptian-born radical cleric Abu Hamza al-Masri. The statement from her office said her thoughts were with the injured, their loved ones and emergency services who responded to the scene.
The man, who did not want to be named, said: "The gentleman went straight down this road, people were just conversing, talking, just doing what we're doing". He explained to me that the man was very violent, aggressive, and he came over him until the police arrival - but there were other people helping him because the crowd was extremely angry, unhappy, so some people started acting violently too.
The Metropolitan Police confirmed that the incident was being treated as a terrorist attack.
- The Archbishop of Canterbury, Justin Welby, said "the appalling attack on Muslims in Finsbury Park is an attack on us all and on the culture and values of our country".
"He hit nearly a wall, at the end of the road, because it was a dead end road, so people grabbed him outside and started hitting him, but our imam outside went and saved him, he saved his life basically".
"I held him, he was screaming before that he was saying "I'm going to kill all Muslims".
Mahmoud said a police van happened to be driving past, which he and a number of other men flagged down.
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.
"The attack unfolded as a man was already receiving first aid at the scene, sadly that man has died", Mr Basu said earlier.
Monday's attack is the fourth terror attack in the United Kingdom in four months, after incidents in Westminster, Manchester and on London Bridge. Police urged for calm and said more officers would be deployed. Many called the incident a terrorist attack, saying the driver had deliberately targeted Muslims.
"If you were interested in targeting a group of Muslims at a mosque that was notorious, this would be the mosque you would do it at".