Imam hailed as hero for calming crowd and defending attacker
- Author: Zachary Reyes Jun 20, 2017,
Jun 20, 2017, 3:03
At least one person was killed and 10 were injured in the latest terror attack to hit the United Kingdom this year.
British police said the incident was being investigated as a terror attack, which would make it the fourth such attack since March, including two van ramming and stabbing attacks on and near London Bridge, and a bomb attack outside an Ariana Grande concert in Manchester, England.
- Extra officers have been deployed to "reassure communities, especially those observing Ramadan", according to London Mayor Sadiq Khan.
Police said they were not looking for any more suspects after the arrest of the van's driver.
Police said they were called just after 12:20 a.m.to reports of a collision on Seven Sisters Road, which runs through the Finsbury Park area of north London.
The imam who protected the suspect in the Finsbury Park attack has spoken of how he and other worshippers did their best to "extinguish any flames of anger or mob rule".
"Ramadan is a time when Muslims are more visible and when there are larger congregations who attend late at night to pray after opening their fasts".
Britain's terror alert level is at "severe", meaning security officials believe an attack is highly likely, and a series of extremist attacks have struck across the country in the last few months. "These are the values that define this city", she said later outside Downing Street.
Fabian Ali and Mohammed Mohidn, who witnessed the attack outside a London mosque, say one of the men looked "cracked off his face".
The attack comes at a time of political turmoil in Britain, as Prime Minister Theresa May, weakened by the loss of her parliamentary majority in a June 8 election, plunges into divorce talks with the European Union.
May later paid a visit to Finsbury Park mosque, close to the scene of the attack, where she reiterated that "there has been far too much tolerance of extremism over many years".
He said: "By God's grace we managed to surround [the suspect] and to protect him from any harm".
The ambulance service says nine people injured in the attack were taken to local hospitals. "Police trying to calm everybody & move cordon back", reported Hillary Briffa who said she lived on the street affected.
The van's driver, whose identity was not immediately released, was arrested on suspicion of murder.
"Local worshippers apprehended the man in the van who mowed down the pedestrians.
However, the Met does remain the lead in many skill areas (eg digital exploitation) and assisting with major incidents - and as we see with recent events, some London officers are assisting in the Manchester inquiry". On May 22, a suicide attack killed 22 people and injured almost 60 after an Ariana Grande concert in Manchester.
When two men were killed last month in Portland, Oregon, defending two young women who appeared to be Muslim from an anti-Islam tirade, Trump waited three days before calling the attacks "unacceptable" and praising the men who stood up "to hate and intolerance". "My prayers are with the victims and their families". "His silence or his delay really sends a negative message to the American Muslim community that their lives and their safety are not as important as the lives and safety of other citizens". "We saw that clearly after London Bridge", he said.