London attacker on Muslims named by British media
- Author: Leroy Wright Jun 20, 2017,
Jun 20, 2017, 18:27
A Met Police spokesman said: "Police are investigating a report of hoax bomb threat made to the East London Mosque in Whitechapel Road, E1 - officers were called at approximately 2.50pm on Monday, June 19".
Sister Nicola said she was "very sorry for what's happened", the Press Association reported. He was taken to hospital as a precaution and will undergo a mental health assessment.
After the suspect jumped out of the van, he shouted, "I wanna kill all Muslims", the BBC quoted witness Khalid Amin as saying. The man was held until police arrived and Sky News reports that it was the mosque's imam who prevented some in the tense and angry crowd from beating the man.
The man was initially arrested on suspicion of attempted murder, but Scotland Yard said he was later arrested for the commission, preparation or instigation of terrorism including murder and attempted murder.
Ten people were injured in the attack, which police are treating as a terrorist incident.
He hired the £80-a-day van to carry out the attack in the early hours of Monday morning.
Councillor Jas Athwal and Farouk Ismail, of Formo, said the attack had "led to concerns among our community and in particular within our Muslim community". A driver plowed into a crowd of Muslim worshippers outside a north London mosque e.
London police chief Cressida Dick said the incident was "quite clearly an attack on Muslims" and promised a stepped-up police presence near mosques as the holy month of Ramadan draws to a close.
Police said a suspect was quickly and calmly turned over to the police, and that no one else was found in the van.
The man who was being given first aid at the scene before the attack had died but it was not clear whether his death was directly linked.
Finsbury Park Mosque Chairman Mohammed Kozbar tweeted his condolences for the "cowardly attack".
London Mayor Sadiq Khan said: "All of these are attacks on our shared values of freedom, of tolerance and of respect... and terrorism is terrorism, whether someone's inspired by an Islamist narrative or other forms of "inspiration".