Mr Rahman told media he struck the man and helped subdue him.
“One of the things that all these terrorists share is a perverse ideology that wants to fuel division and divide our communities”. The suspect, 48-year-old Darren Osborne, is said to be behind the attack.
Metropolitan Police said they were dealing with a “major incident“.
British Security Minister Ben Wallace said authorities were aware of rising far-right activity but the suspect was not known to them prior to the attack.
She chaired a meeting of the emergency COBRA committee at Downing Street and later visited Finsbury Park Mosque in north London, near the site of the attack, meeting with community and faith leaders.
Toufik Kacimi, chief executive of the Muslim Welfare House, told Sky News the attack clearly targeted Muslims leaving evening prayers during Ramadan. Nine of those individuals were taken to hospital while the other two were treated at the scene. They say he has been arrested after being injured in a subsequent apparent clash with police.
One Algerian man was among those injured, the north African country said.
Locals eventually pinned down Osborne, and the imam of the Muslim Welfare House stepped in to stop him from receiving a mob beating.
“It’s unbelievable, it still hasn’t really sunk in”, he said.
May condemned the assault as “sickening“, saying Britain’s determination to fight “terrorism, extremism and hatred. must be the same, whoever is responsible”. Vehicles have also been also used to attack the public on London’s Westminster Bridge, in Nice, France, and in Berlin.
French officials say that a man on the radar of authorities has been killed after ramming a auto carrying explosives into a police vehicle in Paris’ Champs-Elysees shopping district, prompting a fiery blast. It was also claimed by IS.
In France Monday, a man on the radar of French authorities for extremism was killed after ramming a vehicle carrying arms and explosives into a police convoy on Paris’ famed Champs-Elysees Avenue, setting off a fiery blast and a cloud of orange smoke, officials said.
Eyewitness Abdul Rahman said the driver said he wanted to “kill all Muslims”.
Mobile phone footage taken by onlookers showed him wild-eyed and sweating as he repeatedly shouted, “Kill me”.
“As a mum my heart goes out to everyone in Finsbury Park”.
“We found that a group of people quickly started to collect around him. and some tried to hit him either with kicks or punches”, Mohammed Mahmoud told reporters.
It is unclear the attacker has been killed or why he drove into the police Monday.
“Diverse, welcoming, vibrant, compassionate, confident and determined never to give in to hate”.
“It’s like pulling teeth to get President Trump to respond to terror attacks on Muslims”, said Ibrahim Hooper of the Council on American-Islamic Relations.
The Finsbury Park Mosque was once a notorious hub for the “radicalised” but has changed markedly in recent years under new management.
Abu Hamza, who was the mosque’s imam from 1997 to 2003, was later extradited to the United States, where he was convicted of supporting al Qaeda and Taliban terrorists, and sentenced to life in prison in 2015.