The London police are said to be taking more security measures after a recent spate of terrorist attacks.
The man who allegedly shouted “I want to kill more Muslims” after driving a van into worshippers outside Finsbury Park Mosque has been described by friends and neighbours as someone who kept to himself but was, seemingly, a “normal bloke”.
- Jeremy Corbyn, the leader of the opposition Labour Party, said he is “shocked by this horrific and cruel attack” and appealed “for people and the media to remain calm and respectful of those affected”.
- London Mayor Sadiq Khan called the incident “a horrific terrorist attack“.
Witnesses on the scene, and numerous accounts on social media, said the pedestrians were hit outside the Finsbury Park Mosque or the nearby Muslim Welfare House, a community center.
He told the crowd “an attack on one faith is an attack on us all”.
At least one man has died after a van rammed into people leaving prayers in north London.
Speaking to reporters Monday, the imam, Mohammed Mahmoud, said he and others acted to “extinguish any flames of anger or mob rule that would have taken charge had this group of mature brothers not stepped in”.
BBC reported that the Finsbury Park attack is the fourth attack to have occurred in London in the course of three months, after the Westminster attack, Manchester attack and London Bridge attack.
“All the victims were from the Muslim community and we will be deploying extra police patrols to reassure the public, especially those observing Ramadan“. He was detained by the public until police arrested him. He was arrested on suspicion of attempted murder.
One elderly man, who had collapsed moments before the van appeared, was pronounced dead at the scene, although police have not yet confirmed whether he died as a result of the attack.
It will assign more police in the London area. “Diverse, welcoming, vibrant, compassionate, confident and determined never to give in to hate”, she said in her statement.
“This was an attack on Muslims near their place of worship”, said May who later visited the mosque. “We will not let this happen”, she said.
Britain’s terrorist alert is set at “severe”, meaning an attack is highly likely, Sky News reported.
‘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.
“This was an attack on Muslims near their place of worship”, May said in a televised address. After the Westminster attack in March it took police just over two hours to do so.
Harun Khan, secretary general of the Muslim Council of Britain said that over the past weeks and months, Muslims have endured many incidents of Islamophobia, and this is the most violent manifestation to date.
“We couldn’t go back to bed the whole night, it was too traumatizing”, Ibtisasm said.
A suicide bombing at a pop concert in Manchester, northern England, in May also killed 22 people, while in March, a man drove a rented vehicle into pedestrians on Westminster Bridge in London and stabbed a policeman to death before being shot dead. Add to that the trauma from the Manchester attacks, it is not possible for people not to panic.