Finsbury Park Attack : 1 killed, 10 others injured as vehicle hits pedestrians

Alvin Kelly
June 19, 2017

Labour Party leader Jeremy Corbyn released a statement on Twitter following the incident.

Others linked the attack to an increase in anti-Muslim hate crimes, particularly since the London Bridge rampage on June 3 that left eight people dead, which was claimed by the Islamic State group.

"While this appears to be an attack on a particular community, like the awful attacks in Manchester, Westminster and London Bridge it is also an assault on all our shared values of tolerance, freedom and respect", he said.

The Muslim Council says a van has "run over worshippers" leaving the Finsbury Park mosque.

London police, already stretched by a series of major incidents around the capital, are putting more officers on the street to reassure the public after a driver plowed into a crowd of people leaving a mosque early Monday.

Ms Rudd said: "We have again woken up to another bad incident in London where a man has taken hold of a van and driven it into a group of innocent people in Finsbury Park".

"From the window, I started hearing a lot of yelling and screeching, a lot of chaos outside". retort: 'Let's talk about how the #FinsburyPark terrorist was radicalised'.

As news of the tragedy broke, politicians in Kent were quick to condemn the attack.

One witness told CNN it was clear that the attacker at Finsbury Park had deliberately targeted Muslims. "The time, he was planning for it, the target, he was planning for it, and the place - outside a mosque", he said.

A second video that emerged online captured the moment police escorted the suspect to a riot van, while distraught onlookers shouted: "Why did you do that?"

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On March 22, a man killed five people when he drove a vehicle into pedestrians on Westminster Bridge in London and stabbed a police officer.

The Muslim Council of Britain's (MCB) general secretary Harun Khan said: During the night, ordinary British citizens were set upon while they were going about their lives, completing their night worship.

"A number of passers-by, or friends, or people who had come by from the mosque, were gathering around him to help take him to his family, take him to his house", Versi told Reuters.

The Met has not characterised the incident as a terror attack as yet, as it did not in the hours after the London Bridge and Borough Market incidents.

On March 22, a man drove a rented vehicle into pedestrians on Westminster Bridge in London and stabbed a police officer guarding the British parliament to death before being shot dead. They killed eight people and injured 47.

Manchester was also hit on May 22 when a suicide bomber killed 22 people at an Ariana Grande concert. The man, who did not want to be named, said: "People were just conversing, talking, just doing what we're doing".

A Metropolitan Police helicopter was seen circling overhead as photographs posted on social media showed a huge response from the emergency services. "We stand in solidarity with our Muslim friends and pray for the bereaved and injured".

"An advance trauma team from London's Air Ambulance has also been dispatched by auto", the statement said.

However, in recent years the mosque has reportedly undergone a transformation under a new management team, rebuilding its relationship with the local community.

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