British PM May describes crash as 'terrible'

Gladys Abbott
June 19, 2017

The crash occurred shortly after midnight, when police received reports of a collision between a van and pedestrians.

The imam of a Muslim center in London has been praised for his "bravery and courage" in stopping an angry crowd turning on the driver involved in a van attack.

Eight other people remained in the hospital on Monday morning. The statement says: "One man was pronounced dead at the scene". He has been taken to a hospital as a precaution and will be taken into custody once discharged, the police said.

Sky News reported that police said the incident happened after worshippers were leaving the Finsbury Park mosque after prayers.

Counter-terrorism officials said the driver targeted people who were assisting a man who had collapsed outside the mosque, who later died at the scene, adding that "any causative link between his death and the attack will form part of our investigation".

In a statement, Finsbury Park Mosque said it "condemns in the strongest terms a heinous terrorist attack".

"There is one fatality that we know about and a number of casualties and the police are treating it as a terrorist incident".

All the three incidents claimed innocent lives, however, there was only one difference, unlike the other two the Finsbury attacker was not a Muslim in fact he attacked Muslims.

Prime Miniser Theresa May condemned the attack, adding that "there has been far too much tolerance of extremism over many years - including Islamaphobia".

"It is absolutely clear that there are double standards going on".

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Eyewitness Abdulraman Aidroos told Anadolu Agency that the "white British man" had shouted "I am going to kill Muslims".

"We sent over 60 medics to the scene, including ambulance crews, advance paramedics and specialist responses teams and an advance trauma team from London's Air Ambulance", said the service's Deputy Director of Operations, Kevin Bate.

British Home Secretary Amber Rudd said police "immediately" treated the incident as a suspected terrorist attack.

Harun Khan, the head of the MCB, described the incident as the "most violent manifestation to date" of Islamophobia, and called on authorities to do more "to tackle the growth in hate crime".

Ms Dick said: "This was quite clearly an attack on Muslims who looked like they were probably Muslims and they were coming from a prayer meeting".

Earlier this month on London Bridge, attackers used a vehicle and then knives to kill eight people and wound many others on the bridge and in the nearby Borough Market area.

'Together with people all over this country I am appalled at the deliberate attack on people leaving their late night prayers, as the end of their day of fasting, at the mosque in Finsbury Park.

On May 22, a suicide bomber killed 22 people at a concert by American pop singer Ariana Grande in Manchester in northern England.

On 22 March, British-born Khalid Masood drove a auto into people on Westminster Bridge near the British parliament, before stabbing police Constable Keith Palmer. In recent weeks a man drove a auto into pedestrians on Westminster Bridge in London and stabbed a policeman to death before being shot dead.

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