Published: Tue, June 20, 2017
Global News | By Stacy Ballard

'Stay strong' urges council leader in wake of mosque attack

'Stay strong' urges council leader in wake of mosque attack

Darren Osborne, 47, has been arrested on suspicion of attempted murder.

Authorities say a residential area in Cardiff, Wales, is also being searched.

Forensic officers move the van at Finsbury Park in north London, where a vehicle struck pedestrians in north London Monday, June 19, 2017.

The incident had "all the hallmarks" of a terrorist attack, Deputy Assistant Commissioner Neil Basu, a senior counter-terrorism officer from the Metropolitan Police, told reporters. One person died on spot and 11 others were injured in the attack.

Locals at the scene said they feared "hate against hate" breeding in the community.

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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.

Following a meeting with the chairman of the mosque, Mohammed Kozbar, Ms Dick stood with him to observe a short silence, and as he addressed the large crowd which had gathered, he praised the "great response" from the community.

The van sped off the roadway and swerved onto a sidewalk, which was crowded with hundreds of people who had just finished the special night time prayers for the holy month of Ramadan, witnesses reported.

The imam was hailed as the "hero of the day" by Toufik Kacimi, chief executive of the Muslim Welfare House, outside which the attack took place. The London Ambulance Service said it was responding to the incident. Christine also expressed her sympathy for the victims of the incident and said that her heart goes out to all those who were injured in the incident.

Other faith leaders from the community also spoke at the vigil, including the Bishop of Stepney the Rt Rev Adrian Newman, who told the crowd "an attack on one faith is an attack on us all".

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She said: "I'm frightened. 'I want to kill Muslims'".

After the London Bridge attack earlier this month, London mayor Sadiq Khan's office reported a 40 percent increase in racist incidents in the capital and a fivefold increase in anti-Muslim incidents.

"All the victims were from the Muslim community and we will be deploying extra police patrols to reassure the public, especially those observing Ramadan".

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Locals massing at barriers, angry at police, people confused about what has happened.

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This new kind of terror is an ominous sign for Britain, where the government has proven itself unable to prevent terror attacks after it emerged that the perpetrators involved in the attacks on the concert in Manchester and the London Bridge were already known to British police.

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