Police investigating latest London attack as terrorism

Bruno Cirelli
Giugno 20, 2017

It was the third terrorist attack to be committed on the streets of London in less than four months. Two others were treated at the scene for minor injuries.

All of the casualties were Muslims.

"Literally within a minute a van with speed, turned to where we were and ran over the man who was laying on the floor and the people around him, around eight people or ten people got injured, some of them seriously". He later died, but his cause of death is unclear.

Met Police Commissioner Cressida Dick said there is now an ongoing investigation by the Counter Terrorism Command to establish why this attack was carried out.

President Trump has taken to Twitter during previous terror attacks to make the case for tighter restrictions on travel from predominantly Muslim countries. All good people must stand together and join in rejecting hatred and violence from wherever it comes. Although not related to religion, the destructive Grenfell fire which both took place in June.

In a statement, Finsbury Park Mosque said it "condemns in the strongest terms a heinous terrorist attack". Among those known to have worshiped at the mosque during Abu-Hamza's time there are convicted shoe bomber Richard Reid and Zacarias Moussaoui, the so-called 20th hijacker of September 11. "Our hearts go out to the victims".

May attempted to counter that feeling in her speech, declaring that police arrived at the scene within one minute, and that a terror attack was declared in eight minutes.

The next day, May promises a crackdown on extremism in Britain and warns that assailants could be "copying one another" based on similarities with the 22 March attack at Westminster.

Rabbi Herschel Gluck, president of Shomrim, a Jewish neighbourhood watch group, was at the police cordon to show "solidarity" with the community.

"Sadly we have suffered a number of attacks and very sad events over the last few weeks", she added. "(My reaction was) deep shock and deep concern about the ramifications of this terrorist atrocity. "More information will follow when we have it".

Imam Mohammed Mahmoud was hailed for his efforts to prevent a mob attack and calm the situation before police arrived in shielding the suspected terrorist from the fury of onlookers. We saw that very clearly after Manchester, a very high peak, we saw that clearly after London Bridge, we didn't see it after Westminster.

"Given we are approaching the end of the month of Ramadan and the celebration of Eid with many Muslims going to local mosques, we expect the authorities to increase security outside mosques as a matter of urgency", Khan said in a statement.

A man leapt out of the van and stabbed at least one person, the Evening Standard newspaper reported, citing witnesses. In the hours after the attack, Rowling tweeted a screen shot of a headline from the Daily Mail, which referred to the attacker as the "white van driver".

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