Finsbury Park terror attack: one dead and 10 injured


Finsbury Park terror attack: one dead and 10 injured

A MAN has died, and eight people have been hospitalised, after a van drove into pedestrians outside a Muslim place of worship in north London in the early hours of Monday morning.

Police said the 48-year-old man who was driving the van has been arrested and taken to a hospital as a precaution. Ahmed Hajji, a 23-year-old local to Finsbury Park, said: "The police arrived late, which forced us to do a citizen's arrest of the man so he would not get away".

According to Deputy Assistant Commissioner Neil Basu, the Senior National Coordinator for Counter Terrorism, the man who died had already been receiving first aid at the scene when the attack occurred, and it is now "too early to state if his death was as a result of the attack".

There have been three other terrorist attacks in Britain since March.

May says the man who plowed a van into a crowd of people leaving evening prayers acted alone and that people outside the mosque apprehended him. "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", he said.

Eyewitness Abdul Rahman said the driver had said he wanted to "kill all Muslims" and told the BBC that he struck the man and helped subdue him.

Ivanka Trump called for building bridges with people of different faiths in the wake of the attack at a north London mosque. The alleged attacker also reportedly said "kill me now as my job is done" when people managed to stop him.

Counter-terrorism police were called out to investigate the incident, which occurred in London's Finsbury Park neighborhood just after midnight. In that attack, unarmed police officer Keith Palmer was stabbed to death.

A witness told Sky News that two other people fled the scene of the attack, but police said there were no other suspects at present. The van driver - described by witnesses as a large white man - was detained by members of the public after the incident in Finsbury Park early on Monday that police said had "all the hallmarks of terrorism". A video taken just a few minutes after the incident showed people screaming and bystanders administering first aid on numerous injured.

At least 80 people are now believed to have been killed in the Grenfell Tower fire, and the Economist claims that the fire has "sparked a political crisis". "My prayers are with the victims and their families", read the statement. We have to protect each other's faith, each other's way of life.

- The head of Tell MAMA, an anti-Islamophobia group, says anti-Muslim hate crime in the United Kingdom has increased noticeably after the recent terror attacks in Manchester and London.

Mr Corbyn, who has represented the constituency of Islington North since 1983, said he felt the community's "pain" and "stress".

The man, who did not want to be named, said: "The gentleman went straight down this road, people were just conversing, talking, just doing what we're doing".

The problem of course is that even though the extreme-right promote the exact same kind of hatred and division as the Islamist extremists, and crave the same violent ideological conflict, they're treated much less seriously by western society than the Islamist hate preachers.

Manchester was also hit in May when a bomber killed more than 20 people at an Ariana Grande concert.