Finsbury Park terror suspect's mum responds to mosque attack
- Author: Leroy Wright Jun 20, 2017,
Jun 20, 2017, 18:15
He told Asharq Al-Awsat that the attack was aimed at "spreading fear and terror among the people", but hailed the imam of the mosque for stopping the angry worshipers from retaliating against the attacker.
Finsbury Park Mosque trustee Mohammed Kozbar met with interfaith leaders and said that an attack on one faith was an attack on all.
"I've been here for over 35 years and it's always been mixed and really peaceful and I don't want to see that change", said the short-haired woman, who said she was in her 60s.
"I'm restraining him", one man shouted.
"Diverse, welcoming, vibrant, compassionate, confident and determined never to give in to hate".
"This was a van driven into a crowd of people who were tending a man who was already injured and they were coming home from night-time prayers in the mosque".
"I saw him on the news and I thought 'Oh my God, that is my neighbor, ' " Sherizi told the Press Association.
But Kacimi said there was no need for the community to panic, because police and government officials have been "very, very supportive".
Finsbury Park represents the rest of London. "That's what makes us a strong society and community". The leader of the opposition Labour Party, Jeremy Corbyn, in whose electoral area the attack took place, said he was "totally shocked".
The attack was the fourth since March in Britain and the third to involve a vehicle deliberately driven at pedestrians. "My thoughts are with those and the community affected by this terrible event", Opposition Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn, who is an MP from the area, said as he paid a visit to the site.
He added that the attack had "all the hallmarks" of a terrorist attack. After Monday morning's incident, witnesses said, the imam at this nearby Muslim center and mosque stopped worshippers from attacking the man who had been driving the truck.
The assault comes on the heels of an attack at London Bridge, in which three men rammed a van into pedestrians and went on a stabbing spree at nearby bars and restaurants, killing eight people. Basu said it was a "challenging" time for London and that the emergency services were stretched.
The van plowed into the worshippers on Seven Sisters Road, a busy thoroughfare in Finsbury Park, north London, near a Muslim community center and a mosque.
British security officials say hate crimes directed at Muslims have increased almost five-fold in the wake of several attacks in Britain blamed on Islamic extremists. "We don't yet know the full details, but this was clearly a deliberate attack on innocent Londoners, many of whom were finishing prayers during the holy month of Ramadan".
He said: "An attack on a mosque, an attack on a synagogue, an attack on a church, is actually an attack on all of us".
"A group of people began to collect around the assailant and some tried to kill him with kicks or punches".
On March 22, a man drove a rented vehicle into pedestrians on Westminster Bridge in London and stabbed a policeman to death before being shot dead.
After the London Bridge attack, the mayor's office reported a 40 percent increase in racist incidents in the city and a fivefold increase in the number of anti-Muslim incidents.
Two weeks earlier, a suicide bomber killed 22 people at a concert by American pop singer Ariana Grande in Manchester in northern England.