One man died and 10 others were injured when a van was rammed into worshippers, before the driver is said to have screamed: “I’m going to kill all Muslims”.
Police investigating a van attack on Muslims outside a mosque announced they were searching a property in Cardiff as they confirmed a man arrested at the scene was suspected of terror offences.
Witnesses at the scene described it as a deliberate attack and senior officers said it was being treated as a “terrorist incident”.
London Mayor Sadiq Khan described it as a “horrific terrorist attack“.
Police will assess the security of mosques and provide any additional resources needed ahead of celebrations marking the end of the holy month of Ramadan, Prime Minister Theresa May announced.
This sadly marks the fourth terror attack in the United Kingdom in four months, after attacks in Westminster Bridge, Manchester, and London Bridge.
He hired the £80-a-day van to carry out the attack in the early hours of Monday morning.
They told the Guardian that it was unclear what he did for work.
Neighbour Khadijeh Sherizi said: “I saw him on the news and I thought “oh my God” that is my neighbour”. “That’s not the kind of reaction I would normally have to hearing a helicopter in London“.
“As a mum my heart goes out to everyone in Finsbury Park”, she said.
Imam Mohammed Mahmoud was hailed for his efforts to prevent a mob attack and calm the situation before police arrived in shielding the suspected terrorist from the fury of onlookers.
The victims were all Muslims and the incident was declared a terror attack on the Muslim population.
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“We found that a group of people quickly started to collect around him, around the assailant and some tried to hit him either with kicks or punches”.
Islington’s Seven Sisters Road, where the attack took place, is home to at least four mosques, and would have likely been filled with worshipers leaving late-night taraweeh prayers and heading back toward the Finsbury Park Underground Station.
This time the attacker deliberately targeted Muslims, according to the police.
In that incident, three men slammed a van into pedestrians before embarking on a stabbing spree – an attack claimed by the Islamic State group. However, the mosque was shut down and reorganized and has not been associated with radical views for more than a decade.
“This is an extraordinary city of extraordinary people”, May said in a statement outside Downing Street, after chairing an emergency government meeting on the attack.
Britain’s terror alert level is at “severe”, meaning security officials believe an attack is highly likely.
People take part in a vigil at Finsbury Park in north London, where a vehicle struck pedestrians, Monday, June 19, 2017.
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