Imam saved London mosque attacker from angry crowd
- Author: Leroy Wright Jun 20, 2017,
Jun 20, 2017, 16:36
Early on Monday morning, a van ploughed into worshippers as they left prayers at the Muslim Welfare House and the nearby Finsbury Park Mosque, injuring ten people, in what May said was a sickening, terrorist attack on Muslims.
The alleged victims are believed to have been leaving the mosque after attending prayers and eating their evening iftar meal to break their fast for Ramadan.
The suspect was described by police as a 48-year-old white man, who was taken into custody.
Imam Mohammed Mahmoud was hailed for his efforts to prevent a mob attack and calm the situation before police arrived in shielding the suspected terrorist from the fury of onlookers.
The message, signed "from Finsbury Park staff and British Transport Police", says: "Tough times don't last". The attack Monday hits a community already feeling targeted in the fallout from the London Bridge killings and other attacks blamed on Islamic extremists.
Assistant chief constable Nick Adderley from Staffordshire Police said: "We are all shocked by the appalling attack in London".
"We have worked very hard over decades to build a peaceful and tolerant community here in Finsbury Park and we totally condemn any act of hate that tries to drive our wonderful community apart", the statement said.
"The bad terrorist attack that took place last night was an evil act born out of hatred and it has devastated a community", May told community leaders.
"I'm totally shocked at the incident at Finsbury Park tonight", he wrote on Twitter.
The media was also criticized for being slow to call the incident a terror attack.
Mr Javid said: "I want to reassure both the local Muslim community, but also Muslims across the United Kingdom, that they will always have the full support of this government in fighting anti-Muslim hate crime". Police say they're treating it as a terrorist incident.
The incident came after two terror attacks in London in the past three months involving vehicles ploughing into crowds of people, as well as the suicide bombing attack at a Manchester pop concert in May.
A small crowd had gathered round to try and help him when the van was driven into them around 12:20am.