Man arrested as van hits mosque crowd

Remigio Civitarese
Giugno 19, 2017

Police have said they are investigating the crash as suspected terrorism and have arrested the driver, a 48-year-old man who was taken to a hospital as a precaution. Three Muslim extremists who carried out the attack were killed by police.

An imam today protected from an angry mob the attacker who ploughed his van into worshippers outside a mosque in London, killing one person and injuring ten others.

"Sadly we have suffered a number of attacks and very sad events over the last few weeks", she added.

"This man was not known to the authorities in the space of extremism or far-right extremism", Wallace, junior minister for security in the Home Office, or interior ministry, told Sky News. The statement says: "One man was pronounced dead at the scene".

Prime Minister Theresa May condemned the incident as "every bit as sickening" as the recent atrocities in London and Manchester.

He added that the 10 people injured were from the Muslim community, and that investigators are "keeping an open mind" about the motive for the attack.

The site of the incident is close to another mosque near the Finsbury Park on the same road.

Metropolitan Police said officers were called to the scene on Seven Sisters Road at 12:20 a.m. Monday.

A group of Muslim men were praying on the pavement nearby. "He did what he did deliberately to hit and kill as many Muslims as possible, so he is a terrorist".

"Our community is in shock", he said, urging people attending prayers to remain vigilant, a warning that was echoed by police.

"When I got him on the ground, I said, 'Why are you doing this?' He said, 'I want to kill more Muslims'".

"Officers were in the immediate vicinity as the attack unfolded and responded within one minute". He complained that the "mainstream media" was unwilling to call the attack a terrorist incident for many hours.

Basu said it appeared the man was the sole attacker. And we will stop at nothing to defeat it. Eight of the injured were taken to hospitals, police said.

All of the casualties were Muslims.

The incident happened in Jeremy Corbyn's constituency. Early police caution about declaring the incident terrorist-related was interpreted by the community as discriminatory.

Pictures of the van indicated it was rented from a company in South Wales, Pontyclun Van Hire.

As locals woke up to the horror Monday, some came onto the street in support of the mosque, holding up signs saying "We love our mixed community" and "Leave our Muslim neighbours alone".

"The perpetrator of this attack - and those bad attacks that we saw recently in Manchester and London - their intention is to seek to divide society".

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