“I would like to particularly thank our Imam Mohammed Mahmoud, whose bravery and courage helped calm the immediate situation after the incident and prevented further injuries and potential loss of life”, the Muslim Welfare House said in a statement after the incident.
The 52-year-old father-of-six normally attends the mosque – the Muslim Welfare House – whose worshippers were targeted in the early hours of Monday while breaking their Ramadan fast.
Egypt’s foreign ministry and leading Islamic authority Al-Azhar condemned Monday’s attack on worshippers standing outside a mosque in London, which left one dead and 10 others injured.
“This is being treated as a terrorist incident and is being investigated by the Counter Terrorism Command”.
“If you were interested in targeting a group of Muslims at a mosque that was notorious, this would be the mosque you would do it at”.
The East London mosque confirmed it had evacuated its members after they received a bomb threat. “And that reputation may be more historical than current”, he said. The mosque, which today operates largely as a community center, rose to worldwide notoriety in the early 2000s, due to its links with Egyptian-born radical cleric Abu Hamza al-Masri. Among those known to have worshiped at the mosque during Abu-Hamza’s time there are convicted shoe bomber Richard Reid and Zacarias Moussaoui, the so-called 20th hijacker of September 11.
The Finsbury Park Mosque said the van “deliberately mowed down Muslim men and women leaving late evening prayers” at the mosque and the nearby Muslim Welfare House shortly after midnight.
A mob surrounded him and witnesses said the crowd began attacking him. These are the values that define this city, “she said”.
“Extra police resources have already been deployed to reassure communities, and police will continue to assess the security needs of mosques and provide any additional resources needed”, she said.
An eyewitness told Reuters that police have sealed off the road.
“We will stop at nothing to defeat it, ” she added. “They were helping on the pavement and trying to help them to get to the scene”. Two were in a very serious condition, police said.
Khan, who vowed “zero tolerance” for hate crimes, said “we will not allow these terrorists to succeed … we will stay a strong city”. “There was a lot of shouting in Arabic, so I can’t tell you exactly what was being said”.