London community shows solidarity after van attack on Muslims

British media identified Darren Osborne as the suspect held in connection with Monday's van attack on a group of Muslim worshippers outside a mosque in London's Finsbury Park neighbourhood.

Mr Hersi was giving first aid to another man when the van, allegedly driven by suspect Darren Osborne, 47, collided with the group.

Little was immediately known about Osborne or his motives. He was sitting and holding him like that, people kept holding him.

It is the fourth terror attack in the United Kingdom in recent months, and the third to hit London, following a vehicle being rammed into pedestrians on the bridge next to the Houses of Parliament, the concert bombing in Manchester, and the attack on London Bridge and Exmouth Market in which two Australians were among those who lost their lives and in which terrorists also used a van to mow innocent people down.

France's antiterrorism prosecutor is investigating.

The Muslim Council tweeted that worshippers had been struck and said its prayers were with the victims.

Visitors to an art exhibit of Auguste Rodin's works in central Paris were confined inside the Grand Palais for an hour after an attack.

Authorities said the incident was being treated as a terror attack. Collomb said he will present a bill Wednesday to extend the state of emergency from July 15, its current expiration date, until November 1.

Apart from 11 people injured, police were still looking into a possible link between the incident and one death at the scene.

In tears, speaking to ITV, she said: "Oh God. you just can't imagine". Eight of the injured were taken to hospitals, police said.

"This morning, our country woke to news of another terrorist attack on the streets of our capital city: the second this month and every bit as sickening as those which have come before", May told reporters outside her Downing Street office.

She said: "It's a bad, awful shock".

Toufik Kacimi, chief executive of the Muslim Welfare House, said Mahmoud's "bravery and courage helped calm the immediate situation after the incident and prevented further injuries and potential loss of life".

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The worshippers had been at a Muslim welfare centre as part of celebrations for the holy month of Ramadan.

Cressida Dick, the Metropolitan Police commissioner, called the incident "quite clearly an attack on Muslims". "They said "We don't want to hear that" and he just left of his own accord". Muslim leaders are shocked and have condemned Osborne's actions, calling for more security to be provided at mosques as Islamophobia is on the rise in the wake of increased #Islamic State terrorist attacks, specifically in the UK.

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