UK to ease tension after van attack on London Muslims

Frederick Owens
June 20, 2017

The 48-year-old man suspected of being the van driver was arrested on suspicion of attempted murder.

The Muslim worshippers were helping an elderly man who had fallen down in the street.

Darren Osborne, the man arrested after an attack on Muslims at a mosque in London's Finsbury Park, is believed to be from Weston-super-Mare.

Police have said that it is believed the middle-aged man, who neighbors say recently separated from the mother of his children, acted alone, and there is no known link to any far-right organization.

On Monday, a van hit a crowd of Muslim worshippers who had left a mosque in north London's Finsbury Park, leaving one dead and eight injured.

Prime Minister Theresa May, who chaired a meeting of the COBRA emergency committee, condemned the attack as every bit as sickening as the recent atrocities in London and Manchester.

"This big van just came and went all over us", witness Abdulrahman Saleh Alamoudi told BuzzFeed News.

London police chief Cressida Dick said the incident was "quite clearly an attack on Muslims" and promised a stepped-up police presence near mosques as the holy month of Ramadan draws to a close. A witness told the BBC that the driver said, "I want to kill Muslims", as he tried to flee the scene.

The alleged attacker is now in custody, and a residence in Cardiff, Wales, is being inspected by the police as possibly associated with the incident. "This is very worrying to the Muslim community".

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However, the incident is being treated as a terror attack.

In a statement, the police say they were called to the Seven Sisters Road by reports of collision with pedestrians.

The man who died was was already receiving first aid at the time of the attack, the latest in a spate of terrorist strikes in Britain.

She described her son as being a "complex" person but said "that's all I can say".

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

Ten people were injured in the attack, all of them Muslims, with eight requiring hospital treatment.

London Mayor Sadiq Khan said: "All of these are attacks on our shared values of freedom, of tolerance and of respect... and terrorism is terrorism, whether someone's inspired by an Islamist narrative or other forms of "inspiration".

Nearby, evening prayer services had just concluded at the larger Finsbury Park Mosque, which had been associated with extremist ideology for several years after the 9/11 attacks in the United States.

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