‘He has a fracture in his skull – but they still don’t know why the bleeding from his ear is not stopping yet, ‘ the Somali-born man said.
Residents in the area have also spoken of their shock.
At a press conference later Monday, Mahmoud credited “other brothers” for assisting in protecting the man from angry onlookers until police arrived.
If confirmed as a deliberate attack, this would be the fifth time this year that police forces have been targeted around the French capital.
Anyone who witnessed the attack or who has any information that will assist the investigation is asked to contact police in confidence on 0800 789321.
May said “The early assessment by police is that the attacker acted alone”, and said the incident was “every bit as sickening as those that went before” in London and Manchester. This is the 3rd terrorist attack on London in 3 months.
Details about the assailant were sketchy, but the assault – the most dramatic against Muslims in London in recent years – suggested a new, unsafe level of polarization in British society.
The PM later met with community leaders on a visit to the mosque in London’s Finsbury Park.
The incident left one man dead and 10 more people injured and in critical condition.
But the attack also laid bare the frustrations of a community who believe they’ve been unfairly equated with extremists who have carried out atrocities in the name of Islam.
“This is being treated as a terrorist incident and is being investigated by the Counter Terrorism Command”.
Mohammed Mahmoud told reporters: “We told them the situation – there’s a man, he’s restrained, he mowed down a group of people with his van and there is a mob attempting to hurt him and if you don’t take him then, God forbid, he might be seriously hurt”.
As of mid-Monday morning, U.S. President Donald Trump has yet to respond, via his prolific Twitter account or by any other means, since a man slammed his auto into a crowd of Muslim worshipers just after midnight. She said her thoughts were with the injured, their loved ones and emergency officials who responded to the incident.
Britain’s terrorist alert is set at “severe”, meaning an attack is highly likely, Sky News reported.
NPR’s Frank Langfitt spoke in London to local artist Ferhat Laichour, who says he arrived ten minutes after the attack and heard the van’s driver saying, “Let me kill, let me kill”.