Prime Minister Theresa May is due to chair an emergency meeting on Monday morning, after police confirmed the incident was being treated as a “potential terrorist attack“, she said. “All my thoughts are with those who have been injured, their loved ones, and the emergency services on the scene”.
Deputy Assistant Commissioner Neil Basu of the Metropolitan police – the senior national coordinator for counterterrorism policing – said it was too early to tell whether the man who died at the scene had been killed in the attack.
The injured have been taken to three different hospitals, and two were treated at the scene for minor injuries, Metropolitan Police officers said.
Abdulrahman claimed the driver said, ‘kill me, ‘ as he was held on the ground. One was detained and two left the scene, the witnesses said. “He was fighting to run away”.
“That is why the counter-terrorism command were called out to investigate”.
Eyewitnesses reported seeing police give emergency heart massage to at least one of the injured. Many police cars and ambulances were responding.
Police had said hate crimes had risen after the London Bridge attack and they had stepped up their visible presence at places of worship.
Police protection for Muslims in Nottinghamshire is to be “increased” and “strenghened” during Ramadan in light of last night’s terrorist attack outside a mosque in London. He was trying to run away but people overpowered him.
“All the victims were Muslim and there are now no- other suspects”, he added.
“He punched me in the head”, Hashi said, showing his bruises.
Opposition Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn, the local MP for the area, said he would attend prayers later in the day at the mosque.
The victims are believed to have been breaking fast at a cafe next to the mosque following late-night prayers observed during the Islamic holy month of Ramadan.
Muslim Council of Britain secretary general Harun Khan condemned the attack and also urged calm.
“The imam of the mosque saved the life of the attacker”.
“The reverberations of this incident will reach many of our communities here in Leicester, and my officers will be working hard today to provide very visible reassurance and support to those who will understandably be particularly anxious by the events overnight”.
In July 2005, four British Islamists killed 52 commuters and themselves in suicide bombings on the British capital’s transport system in what was London’s worst peacetime attack.