Suspect Arrested After Van Hits Pedestrians Near London Mosque

Modesto Morganelli
Giugno 19, 2017

A man died and ten people were injured after a van was rammed into a crowd of worshipers near a mosque in north London, in what police are treating as a terrorist attack. The statement from her office said her thoughts were with the injured, their loved ones and emergency services who responded to the scene.

Numerous people who were injured in Monday's attack near the Finsbury Park Mosque in London had just finished praying at the worship center when a white van suddenly mounted the sidewalk and ran deliberately into them, according to people who witnessed the crash.

It was further reported that the driver of the van that ran over the pedestrians is a 48-year-old man who was detained by bystanders and later arrested by police after the incident. On 22 March, a man drove a rented vehicle into pedestrians on Westminster Bridge in London and stabbed a policeman to death before being shot dead.

Mr Basu said eight people are in hospital and two others were treated at the scene.

Those targeted in the attack were leaving the local Finsbury Park Mosque and the neighboring Muslim Welfare House, another community Islamic center, just after midnight following Ramadan prayers.

'Together with people all over this country I am appalled at the deliberate attack on people leaving their late night prayers, as the end of their day of fasting, at the mosque in Finsbury Park.

The group's general secretary, Harun Khan, described the incident as a hate crime against Muslims.

HuffPost UK's Paco Anselmi was in Finsbury Park, and witnessed increasingly angry scenes as it took nearly five hours to confirm the police were investigating terror. One was detained and two left the scene, the witnesses said.

- Deputy Assistant Commissioner Neil Basu, senior national coordinator for counter-terrorism policing, praised citizens who helped in the immediate aftermath of the attack: "Their restraint in the circumstances is commendable".

One person has died and eight people have been taken to hospital.

Onlookers said the suspect was "blowing kisses" from the back of the police van as he was driven away.

Shocking terror attack outside Finsbury Park mosque.

Police protection for Muslims in Nottinghamshire is to be "increased" and "strenghened" during Ramadan in light of last night's terrorist attack outside a mosque in London. The van driver tried to escape but people grabbed him.

Images of the van showed it was rented from Pontyclun Van Hire in Pontyclun, near Cardiff.

No other suspects have been identified.

The Finsbury Park Mosque gained notoriety more than a decade ago for sermons by radical cleric Abu Hamza al-Masri, who was sentenced to life in a USA prison in January 2015 after being convicted of terrorism-related charges. "My friend said he said some words, but I didn't hear it", he said.

MP for Folkestone and Hythe, Damian Collins, tweeted: "Terrible news from Finsbury Park and our prayers are with the victims". It also came as Muslims are celebrating the holy time of Ramadan. He complained that the "mainstream media" was unwilling to call the attack a terrorist incident for many hours.

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.

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