One arrest after vehicle hits people outside of London mosque

Cheryl Sanders
June 20, 2017

British Prime Minister Theresa May has described the Finsbury Park attack on Muslim worshippers that injured 10 people, two of them seriously, as a "sickening" terrorist attack.

After the London Bridge attack, the mayor's office reported a 40-percent increase in racist incidents in the capital and a five-fold increase in anti-Muslim incidents.

Transportation officials said roads were being closed in the area.

Spicer said Trump "has been made aware" of the attack in London and "is receiving consistent updates from his staff".

"Over the past weeks and months, Muslims have endured many incidents of Islamophobia, and this is the most violent manifestation to date".

"The driver jumped out and then he was pinned down to the floor and people were punching him and beating him, which was reasonable because of what he's done", a witness named Adil Rana told the Guardian.

A vehicle hit pedestrians in London's Finsbury Park community, causing "a number of casualties", according to authorities. He said "Because I want to kill many Muslim people"."Mohammed Mahmoud, the imam from the Muslim Welfare House, stepped in to ensure the van driver was not hurt until he was bundled into a police van."We found that a group of people quickly started to collect around him. and some tried to hit him either with kicks or punches".

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

The ambulance service says nine people injured in the attack were taken to local hospitals.

"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.

Owners of the van hire company said they were "shocked and saddened" that one of their vehicles was used in the attack and pledged to help the police with their investigation.

"People were shouting this is an act of terrorism, even though he's white", another witness, Hillary Briffa, said, referring to the man taken away be police.

The head of Tell MAMA, Fiyaz Mughal, warned of reprisal attacks against Muslims after major Islamist terrorist incidents.

She said she was "very sorry for what's happened", the Press Association reported.

"I have assured the leadership of the mosque and the Muslim welfare centre of our prayers and support", he said.

He has also yet to offer public comments on the deaths of seven United States sailors, who were killed during a collision between their U.S. navy destroyer and a Philippine-flagged cargo ship. Three Muslim extremists who carried out the attack were killed by police. An imam prevented people from taking revenge on the man, he said.

Pedestrians held onto the Singapore-born suspect until he was detained by police and later arrested on charges of "the commission, preparation or instigation of terrorism including murder and attempted murder". Christine also expressed her sympathy for the victims of the incident and said that her heart goes out to all those who were injured in the incident.

The incident comes at a time when emotions are high in England, where there have been several recent terrorist attacks.

Scotland Yard said detectives now believe the attacker "acted alone but we are of course investigating all the circumstances leading up to the attack".

One said: "She's a kind and friendly person - her only problem is a bad taste in men".

On May 22, a suicide attack killed 22 people and injured almost 60 after an Ariana Grande concert in Manchester.

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