Several injured in London after reports of vehicle ramming pedestrians

Barsaba Taglieri
Giugno 20, 2017

A man died and ten people were injured after a van was rammed into a crowd of worshipers near a mosque in north London, in what police are treating as a terrorist attack. The incident occurred near two mosques: the Finsbury Park Mosque and the Muslim Welfare House.

A woman leaves flowers near the scene of an attack where a van was driven at muslims outside a mosque in Finsbury Park in North London, Britain, June 19, 2017. Police said they closed the adjacent road in both directions and were dealing with "a major incident".

Witnesses said the driver of the vehicle was heard shouting that he wanted to kill Muslims.

However, Abdullah was hopeful that the attack would not divide the local area.

Eight people were hospitalized, all Muslim.

Eight people were taken to hospital after the attack outside the mosque, which is also a community centre. Two others were treated at the scene.

"We have a witness saying that the guy who did what he did, the driver of the van, said 'I did my bit, ' which means he's not mentally ill", Kacimi said.

Early on Monday morning, a van drove into a group of pedestrians near the Finsbury Park Mosque in Northern London.

Mrs May was speaking after chairing a meeting of the government's emergency Cobra committee. She said her thoughts were with the injured, their loved ones and emergency officials who responded to the incident.

The Westminster Bridge attack, in which Muslim convert Khalid Masood ran down several pedestrians before leaping from his auto and stabbing a police constable to death on March 22nd, was not acknowledged as a terror attack until the following day in a tweet which pointed followers in the direction of a Guardian article emphasising the fact that the second-generation migrant was "British-born".

It was the third attack in London since March and the second using a vehicle as a deadly weapon.

But equally we must accept that there are dots to be joined between Mair, Breivik and Lapshyn - and perhaps the person who drove his van into a crowd of Muslims in Finsbury Park - just as there are between Islamists such as Salman Abedi, Khuram Butt and Michael Adebolajo.

"These were the kinds of comments people were yelling out", she said.

Without obvious connections between these men, and with no overarching group to which they all pledged fealty, the crimes they commit tend to be presented as one-offs.

"I tackled him on the floor until the police came", he told the BBC. Despite the obvious damage to the confidence of the community, there were people trying to put things right.

"Some big van ... crushing the people in the mosque".

Video taken in the immediate aftermath of the incident and posted on social media showed people screaming as bystanders performed chest compressions on one of the injured.

Police did arrive and arrested the driver of the van.

Ahmed Kaballo, 28, said: "I am angry at the police response".

He said in a statement earlier today: 'I am shocked by this horrific and cruel attack in Finsbury Park, which is being treated as an act of terror. Police have yet to release his name and said he was taken to a hospital out of precaution. "When it stopped, two people came out one by one with objects in their hands".

British security officials, speaking on condition of anonymity in line with official policy, said hate crimes directed at Muslims have increased almost five-fold in the wake of several attacks in Britain. "During the night, ordinary British citizens were set upon while they were going about their lives, completing their night worship".

Muslim Welfare House told the Guardian "Imam Mohammed Mahmoud's bravery and courage helped diffuse the situation after the incident and prevented additional injury or loss of life".

Mr Corbyn was visibly distressed as he attended the scene, which targeted Muslims as they attended prayers during the holy month of Ramadan.

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