Ivanka Trump expresses solidarity over London mosque attack

Cheryl Sanders
June 20, 2017

The man allegedly drove his van into a group of muslims who were outside a mosque chatting longer than usual because it was ramadam.

Scotland Yard said they had arrested a 48-year-old man on suspicion of attempted murder.

The Metropolitan Police said in a statement that the man was detained by members of the public at the scene of the attack early Monday.

Searches are being carried out at a residential address, where Mr Osborne is listed as living, in the Cardiff area.

Men pray after a vehicle collided with pedestrians near a mosque in the Finsbury Park neighborhood of North London.

Social media users are calling the incident a "revenge attack" for the London bridge Islamic terrorist attack which took place two weeks ago.

Ten people were hurt, all of them Muslims, with eight requiring hospital treatment.

Police said all the casualties were Muslims.

"We should make clear that if this attack is confirmed as a deliberate terrorist attack then this should be classed as an act of terrorism".

Police and community leaders have praised those who restrained the van driver and stopped others from attacking him before police arrived.

South Wales Police are working with their counterparts in the Met to investigate the Finsbury Park attack after it emerged the van driven at pedestrians was hired in the village of Pontyclun.

- The Metropolitan police have deployed extra officers to "reassure communities, especially those observing Ramadan", according to London's Mayor Sadiq Khan. "It appears from eyewitness accounts that the perpetrator was motivated by Islamophobia", he said. It has not been associated with radical views for more than a decade.

The scene is just metres from the main railway line linking London with Edinburgh, the main Arsenal Football Club shop and what was the Rainbow Theatre, considered the prestige London concert venue in the 1960s and 1970s.

Prime Minister Theresa May chaired an emergency meeting later on Monday and said: "It was an attack that targeted the ordinary and the innocent". Britain's terrorist alert has been set at "severe" meaning an attack is highly likely.

Police have said hate crimes rose after the London Bridge attack this month, when three attackers drover a van into pedestrians and then stabbed people, killing eight.

Khadijeh Sherizi, who lives next door to Osborne, said: "I saw him on the news and I thought "oh my God" that is my neighbour".

Witnesses said a white van struck a crowd of Muslim worshippers who had been attending evening prayers during the holy month of Ramadan and were looking after an elderly man who had collapsed in an unrelated incident.

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