- 48-year-old has been arrested for driving a van into a group of mosque-goers near Finsbury Park Station in North London.
- One man has been killed and 10 have been injured in the mosque assault.
- British police have described the incident as a terrorist attack.
- According to eyewitnesses, van driver shouted he wanted to ‘kill Muslims’.
One man has been killed and 10 have been injured in a terrorist attack against a mosque near Finsbury Park Station in North London as a man drove a van into worshippers.
The anti-Muslim terrorist attack at the London mosque comes in the wake of three major recent terrorist attacks in the UK committed by Islamist extremists:
the Westminster Bridge attack on March 22 which killed four people including 52-year-old attacker, British national Khalid Masood; the Manchester Arena bombing on May 22 which killed 23 people, including 22-year-old suicide bomber Salman Abedi, a British national of Libyan origin; and the London Bridge and Borough Market attack on June 3, which killed a total of 11 people, including the three attackers, Pakistani-born British national Khuram Butt, 27, Irish resident of Moroccan origin Rachid Redouane, 31, and Italian-Moroccan Youssef Zaghba, 23.
The London Bridge terrorist attack was also committed with a van plowing through pedestrians. The Westminster Bridge attack was similar but the attacked used a car, not a van. In both of those cases, after ramming the vehicle into pedestrians, the attackers continued their assaults with stabbing sprees.
A man plowed through a crowd of Muslim worshipers at a mosque near Finsbury Park Station and Arsenal’s Emirates stadium in North London after midnight on Monday in an apparent terrorist attack, BBC News Reported.
One man was killed, and 10 people were injured in the assault, described as a “terrorist attack” by the London Metropolitan Police.
Many of the victims are believed to have just left evening prayers at a Muslim Welfare House after breaking the Ramadan fast.
The van hit people just after midnight local time who were attending to a man who had collapsed in the street. He later died, but his cause of death is unclear.
The van hit people who were attending to a man who had collapsed in the street. He later died, but the cause of his death is unclear.
The 48-year-old van driver was arrested on suspicion of attempted murder.
According to eyewitness Abdul Rahman, the driver yelled he wanted to “kill all Muslims” before he was tackled and subdued by other mosque-goers.
“When the guy came out from his van he wanted to escape, run away and he was saying ‘I want to kill Muslims. ‘I want to kill Muslims‘.”
“The attacker was blowing kisses when he was arrested. He looked indifferent – he knew what he was doing,” said another eyewitness, 18-year-old Abdul Abdulahi.
British police said there were no reports of anyone suffering from knife injuries after speculation at the scene the driver was armed with a knife.
London Metropolitan Police’s deputy assistant commissioner Neil Basu said the “terrorist attack” began when the van was driven into a man who was already being given first aid by the public on the pavement.
“Sadly, that man has died. It is too early to state if his death was a result of this attack,” Basu said.
London Mayor Sadiq Khan announced that extra police forces were being deployed in London, especially for the protection of communities observing the Muslim holy month of Ramadan.
“While this appears to be an attack on a particular community, like the terrible attacks in Manchester, Westminster and London Bridge it is also an assault on all our shared values of tolerance, freedom and respect,” Khan said.
“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.
“We expect the authorities to increase security outside mosques as a matter of urgency,” he added.
The office of British Prime Minister Theresa May said she was going to chair a meeting of the emergency Cobra committee later.
“All my thoughts are with those who have been injured, their loved ones and the emergency services on the scene,“ May said in a statement.