Witnesses said a white van struck a crowd of Muslim worshippers who had been attending evening prayers during the holy month of Ramadan and were looking after a man who had collapsed. For these reasons, London Mayor Sadiq Khan (the city’s first Muslim mayor who expressed disgust and fury at the London Bridge terrorists for what he deemed an appropriation of his religion) has declared the mosque-targeting incident as a “horrific terrorist attack”.
British Prime Minister Theresa May says her thoughts are with all those injured after a van rammed into worshippers leaving a mosque. He said he had helped tackle the driver and pin him down with others until police arrived. Ten people remain in the hospital, two of which are said to be in critical condition.
The incident comes just over two weeks after three Islamist militants drove into pedestrians on London Bridge and stabbed people at nearby restaurants and bars, killing eight people.
The chairman of the mosque, Mohammed Kozbar, described the incident as a “cowardly attack” and said there were many injuries.
“Given the methodology and given what was occurring and what’s happened – the tragic incidents across the country – this had all the hallmarks of a terrorist incident”, he said.
The police did not give any information about a suspected motive, but said the incident was being investigated by the Counter Terrorism Command, and noted that, “due to the nature of this incident extra policing resources have been deployed in order to reassure communities, especially those observing Ramadan”.
The Finsbury Park mosque was once a notorious hub for radical Islamists but has changed markedly in recent years under new management.
At least one person was killed and 10 others were injured when a van was driven into worshippers early morning on Monday near a north London mosque in what police have called a “major incident“.
Amin said that when people seized the driver, “he was shouting: ‘All Muslims, I want to kill all Muslims.’ Literally, he said that”.
He wrote: “Wonder if the police will visit churches and Christian communities today to assure them that they will be safe in case of retaliation attacks”.
Numerous victims are believed to have just left evening prayers after breaking the Ramadan fast.
The incident comes at a time when emotions are high in the United Kingdom, in the wake of a series of deadly terrorist attacks.
Police say no other suspects have been identified, but their investigation continues.
“We are shocked when we heard the news because we were just having a good time”.
Despite the change in leadership and the focus on bolstering inter-faith relations, the mosque reported that it had received a string of threatening emails and letters in the wake of the terror attacks in Paris.
On May 22, a suicide bomber killed 22 people at a concert by American pop singer Ariana Grande in Manchester in northern England.
Abdulrahman claimed the driver said “Kill me” as he was being held on the ground by the crowd.
“The early assessment is that the attacker acted alone”, May said in a statement. In March, a lone attacker drove his auto into people on Westminster Bridge, then fatally stabbed a police officer at the gates of Parliament.
– Just after midnight Monday, a van ran into a group of people in London’s Finsbury Park neighborhood. On May 22, a suicide attack killed 22 people and injured almost 60 after an Ariana Grande concert in Manchester.