Wednesday, 18 October, 2017

Community leaders condemn 'terrorist attack' at Finsbury Park mosque

Wilma Wheeler | 20 June, 2017, 01:58

The man was initially arrested on suspicion of attempted murder but Scotland Yard said he was later arrested for the commission, preparation or instigation of terrorism including murder and attempted murder.

In her Downing Street statement, May described the incident as "an attack that once again targeted the ordinary and the innocent going about their daily lives", and pledged to target hatred against Muslims.

One man was pronounced dead at the scene and eight people were taken to hospital. In March, a lone attacker drove his auto into people on Westminster Bridge, then fatally stabbed a police officer at the gates of Parliament.

Then on June 3, eight people were killed and 48 were injured when three men drove a van into pedestrians on London Bridge before leaping out and launching a stabbing spree in nearby bars and restaurants.

In a statement released by the Metropolitan Police Deputy Assistant Commissioner Neil Basu, he claimed police are investigating whether the on-scene death was the result of the attack.

"Due to the nature of this incident extra policing resources have been deployed in order to reassure communities, especially those observing Ramadan", the Guardian quoted the statement as saying.

He said that two people were dragged beneath the van adding "one of whom we are anxious may be paralysed for life because he said he could not move his arms and legs and said he could not feel them".

"There was this white van stopped outside Finsbury Park Mosque that seems to have hit people who were coming out of the mosque after prayers finished".

"I think it's also something, in the case of Islamophobia, there are extremists again who are driving hatred, who are using language about cleansing Britain of Islam, who are talking about a final solution for Muslims", he said.

"An attack on one religion is an attack on all religions and all people and faiths must stand together against terror".

Witnesses said the suspect was smiling and waving as he brought carnage to Seven Sisters Road, with video posted online showing him give a nonchalant wave as police put him in the back of their vehicle.

Transportation officials said roads were being closed in the area.

The Finsbury Park Mosque was once associated with extremism.

It is located a short walk away from Emirates Stadium, home of the Arsenal football club in north London.

The Mayor visits Finsbury Park Mosque along with May and Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn.

The Muslim Council of Wales said it was "horrified". He was also killed by police. Speaking on BBC Radio 4's World At One, Mr Wallace said: "What I can say on this case is this individual, so far as we know at the moment, was not known to us, but we are aware of a rise in the far right".

To the north, Manchester was hit by a deadly attack May 22 when a suicide bomber killed 22 people at an Ariana Grande concert.


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