Published: Mon, June 19, 2017
USA | By Kelli Rowe

United Kingdom officials treating mosque attack as terrorism

United Kingdom officials treating mosque attack as terrorism

People became angry at the scene where one man died and 10 others were injured in North London after the 48-year-old was detained by witnesses.

"No matter what the motivation for this attack proves to be, we are keeping an open mind". The statement says: "One man was pronounced dead at the scene".

The incident is being investigated by counter terrorism cops, who say they are now not looking for any other suspects.

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But another witness at the scene said the attacker did not say anything. "A big man", he said.

May described the event as a "terrible incident", and added "all my thoughts are with those who have been injured, their loved ones and the emergency services on the scene". Two are in a serious condition.

London police - already stretched by a series of tragedies including a June 14 high-rise apartment fire in which 79 people are presumed dead and a June 3 terror attack near London Bridge that killed seven people - said they are putting more officers on the street to reassure the public. The Mosque Committee has said that the attack was part of the hate crime and should be termed as the Terror Attack.

Earlier this month, a van veered into pedestrians on London Bridge, setting off vehicle and knife attacks that killed eight people and wounded many others on the bridge and in the nearby Borough Market area.

"I think at least eight or 10 people got injured".

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Abdikadir Warfa, who was on the street at the time, said the van turned into an alleyway and hit a number of people before coming to a stop.

Images of the van showed it was rented from Pontyclun Van Hire in Pontyclun, near Cardiff.

In 2015 it was the target of an attempted arson when a white man with a jerrycan full of petrol tried to light it and throw it over the railings in front of the site before fleeing on a moped.

"I saw a man underneath the van". Many police cars and ambulances responded to the incident.

A message on the council's Twitter feed read: "We have been informed that a van has run over worshippers as they left #FinsburyPark Mosque".

They also treated two people at the scene who had minor injuries. There has been one person arrested.

He said the driver had run out of the van but a group of people caught him and held him until police arrived.

"Sort of in a victory of what the terrorist act that he has done", said the local. "He punched me in the head". Ten people remain in the hospital, two of which are said to be in critical condition. "Or we might have to even not come".

Mohammed Shafiq of the Ramadhan Foundation, a Muslim organization, said that based on eyewitness reports, it seems to be a "deliberate attack against innocent Muslims".

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"He (the driver) wasn't drunk or anything".

When asked if rumours of other, unaccounted for suspects were there, she said, "I honestly don't know". May says police are treating the crash as a potential terrorist attack.

"Over the past weeks and months, Muslims have endured many incidents of Islamophobia, and this is the most violent manifestation to date", said Harun Khan, secretary general of the Muslim Council of Britain.

"During the night, ordinary British citizens were set upon while they were going about their lives, completing their night worship", he said.

Another eyewitness, Mohamad, said he and others in the community are anxious about returning to the area for prayer on Tuesday.

In this regard, tracked down one of the people who partially witnessed what transpired in the north London area.

The incident was the third to have used a vehicle to kill pedestrians in London since March this year.

Sadiq Khan has said extra police will be deployed to protect Muslim communities observing Ramadan after a suspected terror attack on worshippers near Finsbury Park mosque.

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