JK Rowling has condemned press coverage of the Finsbury Park mosque attack that left one dead and injured 10 as “disgusting” victim blaming.
She said: “I will chair an emergency meeting later this morning”. “All my thoughts are with the victims, their families and the emergency services on the scene”, she said.
A van drove into pedestrians early Monday morning in north London, police say, in what they are investigating as a terrorist attack.
Witnesses at the scene said the van veered off the road and into pedestrians outside the Finsbury Park Mosque.
Earlier this month on London Bridge, attackers used a vehicle and then knives to kill eight people and wound many others on the bridge and in the nearby Borough Market area.
Police have confirmed one man has died and eight others are injured after the van ploughed into a group of people leaving Ramadan prayers at Finsbury Mosque just after midnight.
“Due to the nature of this incident, extra policing resources have been deployed in order to reassure communities, especially those observing Ramadan”, the police statement said.
Police said the driver was detained by the crowd until police arrived. He was arrested on suspicion of attempted murder.
MCB deputy head Miqdaad Versi said the incident happened “outside the Muslim Welfare House”, which is on Seven Sisters Road near the mosque.
The crash occurred near the Finsbury Park mosque.
On March 22, a man drove a rented auto into pedestrians on Westminster Bridge in London and stabbed a policeman to death before being shot dead.
– Two eyewitnesses tell CNN they saw three men in the van. He called the incident a “horrific terrorist attack”.
One witness, Abdul Rahman, told the BBC he saw the van “deliberately run over about 10 or 15 people”.
On a single day – June 6 – 20 anti-Muslim incidents were reported, compared to a daily average of 3.5 incidents previously in 2017.
Police described it as a “major incident”.
Emotions are high in the United Kingdom in the wake of a series of deadly terrorist attacks and a fire at a London apartment building that killed dozens.
He said: “During the night, ordinary British citizens were set upon while they were going about their lives, completing their night worship”.
On May 22, a suicide bomber killed 22 people at a concert by American pop singer Ariana Grande in Manchester in northern England.
Another eyewitness, who gave his name as Athman, told AFP: “People were screaming: ‘It’s a terrorist attack, it’s an attack, this guy attacked us, ‘ and I had to run back and tried to save people who were still alive and giving water, helping the police”. The mosque called it a “callous terrorist attack”.