Vehicle strikes several pedestrians on London road

Ausiliatrice Cristiano
Giugno 20, 2017

The deadly van-ramming attack at a mosque in London is "a painful illustration of why we must never allow hatred to breed hatred", Britain's chief rabbi said.

"Police were called just after 0020hrs [23:20 GMT].to reports of a vehicle in collision with pedestrians", they said in a statement, calling the incident "major". Two of the victims were severely injured, police said. According to eyewitnesses, the man shouted "I'm going to kill all Muslims" before the attack.

"This was an attack on Muslims near their place of worship", May said in a televised address.

Counter-terrorism police have joined regular police officers looking into the incident, the Guardian newspaper reported.

"The investigation is ongoing and we are working fast to know the full details of how and why this took place". One tweet showed a collage of British tabloid headlines, all referring to Muslims in different negative ways.

Security Minister Ben Wallace said the suspect was not known to security services, and was believed to have acted alone.

Mahmoud called on the incensed worshippers not to commit a sin during the holy fasting month of Ramadan.

Amid the chaos and agitation surging through a crowd early Monday after a van plowed into pedestrians outside London's Finsbury Park Mosque, one person stepped in to protect the attacker, witnesses say: the mosque's imam. Despite the presumed solidarity among religious communities, this is the fourth attack related to religion in recent months.

Vanzella said she saw police put a man into a police auto and take him away, but she didn't see them arrest him.

"We treat this as a terrorist attack", she said. "People bleeding. I've seen the guy being held on the floor", Ibn Oman told Reuters at the scene.

Darren Osborne, 47, was arrested today and his sister has now said she's "sorry for what's happened".

"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", he said. "He looked blank. You could tell he didn't care".

Police declared it a terrorist incident within eight minutes.

"We managed to extinguish any flames of anger or mob rule that might have taken charge", he told reporters, adding he was acting with "a group of mature brothers". Eight of the injured were taken to hospital and two were treated at the scene.

All of the casualties were Muslims.

He remains in custody at a south London police station.

I write "incident" as opposed to "attack" only because authorities have not confirmed to the public whether or not the tragedy was intentionally caused. Mohammed Kozbar, chairman of the Finsbury Park Mosque, described the attack as "cowardly". "My message to them is that they will always, always fail", he said.

In a statement, the Muslim Council of Scotland condemned the attack in the "strongest possible terms".

Although there was no direct threat against the Muslim community in East Hertfordshire the police are taking precautions to ensure they stay safe. "My thoughts are with those and the community affected by this very bad event". I think it's significant that they had the reputation historically of being one of the most militant mosques in London. The motive of these people is to spread division.

She said on Saturday the response to the fire, in which at least 58 people were killed on Wednesday, had been "not good enough".

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