UK moves to ease tensions after van attack on London Muslims

Bruno Cirelli
Giugno 20, 2017

Police have not released his identity. Two others were treated for minor injuries at the scene.

Officers close by attended the scene instantly, the attack was declared as a terrorist incident within eight minutes and armed officers were on the scene within 10 minutes, police said.

The van struck people after mounting the pavement, outside Muslim Welfare House near Finsbury Park Mosque on Seven Sisters Road in the city, in the fourth terrorist attack in four months in the UK.

Other witnesses claimed the suspect was laughing after the attack.

"London is a city of many faiths and many nationalities", she said.

"Extra police resources have already been deployed to reassure communities, and the police will continue to assess the security needs of mosques, and provide any additional resources needed, especially during this final week before Eid al-Fitr, a particularly important time for the whole Muslim community", Theresa May said in Downing Street.

Terrorists are frightened by sights of communities getting along side-by-side, they want to divide us by striking fears in to our hearts.

A suicide bombing at a pop concert in Manchester, northern England, in May also killed 22 people, while in March, a man drove a rented vehicle into pedestrians on Westminster Bridge in London and stabbed a policeman to death before being shot dead.

"Terrorism is terrorism. While this appears to be an attack on a particular community, like the awful attacks in manchester, Westminster and London Bridge it is also an assault on all our shared values of tolerance, freedom and respect", he said, adding that the city was grieving and still recovering from the Grenfell Tower fire tragedy in west London.

London Mayor Sadiq Khan has called on her to reverse planned police spending cuts while she has also been criticised for her response to a fire in a London tower block last Wednesday which killed at least 79 people.

Sky News reported that the mosque's imam prevented the crowd from beating the attacker until police arrived.

-The Finsbury Park Mosque "condemns in the strongest terms" a "heinous terrorist attack" early Monday, according to a statement released by the mosque Monday.

Witnesses described hearing the van driver, who was detained by members of the public at the scene, shout: "I'm going to kill Muslims". "This person was conscious".

The Finsbury Park mosque was associated with extremist ideology for several years after the 9/11 attacks in the United States, but was shut down and reorganized. After those attacks, the mosque was shut down and reorganized and has not been associated with radical views for more than a decade.

The attack happened a short walk away from Islington North MP and Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn's home. Looking on at the scene from behind a police cordon hours later, holding her young son's hand, Mohammad says her family left Mogadishu, Somalia, to escape violence like this.

Earlier this month on London Bridge, attackers used a vehicle and then knives to kill eight people and wound many others on the bridge and in the nearby Borough Market area.

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