London vehicle hits pedestrians, police say 'number' of injuries
- Author: Leroy Wright Jun 20, 2017,
Jun 20, 2017, 20:40
Ten people were injured in the attack, which took place just after midnight on Monday after prayers in Finsbury Park, north London.
British media named the suspect as Darren Osborne, 47-year-old father of four who was living in Cardiff, Wales.
Police said the driver was arrested on suspicion of the commission, preparation or instigation of terrorism, including murder and attempted murder.
Witness Khalid Amin told BBC television "he was shouting: 'I want to kill all Muslims'". One man died at the scene, although he was receiving first aid at the time and it wasn't clear if he died as a result of the attack or from something else.
Monday's attack hit a community already feeling targeted from the fallout from three previous attacks in as many months, all blamed on Islamic extremists. Three Muslim extremists who carried out the attack were killed by police. "They will be there for as long as they are needed".
The attack was the fourth since March in Britain and the third to involve a vehicle deliberately driven at pedestrians.
She was also criticised for keeping her distance from angry residents during her visit to the charred remains of the 24-storey Grenfell Tower.
Several hundred worshippers would have been in the area at the time after attending prayers as part of the Muslim holy month of Ramadan. "It wouldn't be odd that you would have large numbers of people breaking their fasts and praying at this time".
The suspect was described by police as a 48-year-old white man, who was taken into custody.
"One guy caught the guy and brought him down", Bouhllissa told Reuters. "I don't think people understand how much these attacks affect all of us".
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.
Mr Mahmoud said he ran outside the mosque to find the driver on the ground with people trying to kick him.
"By God's grace, we were able to protect him from harm", the imam said.
"We stopped all forms of attack and abuse towards him that were coming from every angle".
Deputy Assistant Commissioner Neil Basu says: "This is being treated as a terrorist incident and is being investigated by the Counter Terrorism Command".
Security Minister Ben Wallace said the suspect was not known to police but that his actions will regarded as an act of terror.
A British-born suicide bomber who returned from Libya days earlier kills 22 people and injures dozens during an Ariana Grande concert at Manchester Arena in northern England. Five people were killed in that attack. But the two-sentence statement then assigned some of the blame to Iran, saying countries "that sponsor terrorism risk falling victim to the evil they promote". Vanzella said she went to the window and saw "loads of people gathering" in a corner across the road from her window.
"Today's attack falls at a hard time in the life of this city, following on from the attack on London Bridge two weeks ago - and of course the unimaginable tragedy of Grenfell Tower last week", May said.
The Muslim Council of Britain said Monday's attack on mosque worshippers was the most violent manifestation of Islamophobia in Britain in recent months and called for extra security at places of worship. However, the mosque was shut down and reorganized and has not been associated with radical views for more than a decade.
However, a new board of trustees and management took over in February 2005, a year after Abu Hamza was arrested by British police.