After Finsbury Park attack, message of resiliency greets London Underground commuters

Henrietta Brewer
June 20, 2017

Police said that one man had been arrested at the scene and that no further suspects had been identified.

"We have been informed that a van has run over worshipers as they left #FinsburyPark Mosque", the Muslim Council of Britain tweeted early Monday.

Neighbour Khadijeh Sherizi said: "I saw him on the news and I thought "oh my God, that is my neighbour".

One man is dead and ten have been injured in this most recent #Terror Attack in the #United Kingdom.

Down the road from the Muslim Welfare House is the Finsbury Park Mosque, and both are in an area of north London that is home to many Muslims. We stopped all forms of attack and abuse towards him that were coming from every angle.

Prime Minister Theresa May condemned the "sickening" incident, saying Britain's determination to fight "terrorism, extremism and hatred. must be the same, whoever is responsible".

Early this month, in what police called a terror attack, three Muslim extremists in a van veered into pedestrians on London Bridge, before attacking people with knives in the nearby Borough Market.

In a statement on behalf of the family, Ellis, 26, said: "We are massively shocked; it's unbelievable, it still hasn't really sunk in".

The attack occurred about 12:20 a.m. when a speeding white van swerved into worshippers emerging from prayers outside the Muslim Welfare House and nearby Finsbury Park Mosque.

"While this appears to be an attack on a particular community, like the bad attacks in Manchester, Westminster and London Bridge, it is also an assault on all our shared values of tolerance, freedom and respect", Khan said, adding that there would be "zero tolerance" for hate crimes.

Locals pinned down the driver and the imam of the Muslim Welfare House stepped in to stop him receiving a mob beating.

He is being held for terrorism offences and attempted murder.

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 police are treating this as a terrorist attack "because it has all the features of it", according to the newspaper.

Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn has described the attack on a group of worshippers near a mosque in his own constituency as "terror on the streets". "The time, he was planning for it, the target, he was planning for it, and the place - outside a mosque". "These are the values that define this city", she said later outside Downing Street.

"We all have harmony in this area, and these people try to divide us, but we tell them that we will not let you do that".

If confirmed as a deliberate attack, this would be the fifth time this year that police forces have been targeted around the French capital.

- UK Communities Secretary Sajid Javid told BBC that "clearly, from what we've seen and what we know already, this is a hate crime attack".

- All of the victims were from the Muslim community, police said. Add to that the trauma from the Manchester attacks, it is not possible for people not to panic.

On March 22, a man drove a rented auto into pedestrians on Westminster Bridge in London and stabbed a policeman to death before being shot dead.

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