US 'strongly condemns' attack near London mosque

Frederick Owens
June 20, 2017

According to cops, the van slammed into worshippers following early Monday prayers.

Osborne was arrested on suspicion of the commission, preparation or instigation of terrorism including murder and attempted murder.

In a statement, Osborne's family said he had been "troubled for a long time". It's unbelievable. It still hasn't really sunk in.

"We are devastated for the families, our hearts go out to the people who have been injured".

Islington's Seven Sisters Road, where the attack took place, is home to at least four mosques, and would have likely been filled with worshipers leaving late-night taraweeh prayers and heading back toward the Finsbury Park Underground Station.

The driver, a 48-year-old white man, was grabbed at the scene by locals and pinned down until police arrived.

"Our mosque and welfare centre provides vital support to many people in north London and we will continue to do this despite this incident. If you don't take him, God forbid he might be seriously hurt".

Deputy Assistant Commissioner Neil Basu said, "The attack unfolded whilst a man was receiving first aid from the public at the scene".

It was the third major incident in the capital this month, after the London Bridge attack and last week s devastating fire in the Grenfell Tower block, in which 79 people are thought to have died.

"I would like to particularly thank our imam, Mohammed Mahmoud, whose bravery and courage helped calm the immediate situation after the incident and prevented further injuries and potential loss of life". She spoke in platitudes about the "unbreakable resolve" and community spirit in this "extraordinary city of extraordinary people". Suffice it to say, Trump issued no tweets about the perils of disgruntled middle-aged white Britons coming to America and renting vans.

"Given we are approaching the end of the month of Ramadan and the celebration of Eid with many Muslims going to local mosques, we expect the authorities to increase security outside mosques as a matter of urgency".

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Another witness Mohammed Abdullah told Sky News television: "He actually went on top of the people, he actually ran them over".

He told BBC Radio 4's World At One: "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".

"Our community is in shock", he said, urging people attending prayers to remain vigilant.

But there were also some reservations amongst worshippers - ranging from the way the media reports events and on the community, to how politicians and decision-makers respond.

But like many of its surrounding neighborhoods, the area has rapidly gentrified in recent years, arguably becoming both more diverse and tolerant at the same time.

But Kacimi said there was no need for the Muslim community to panic, because police and government officials have been "very, very supportive".

"He had lived on the estate for a few years". She called the incident a "terrorist attack".

Khadijeh Sherizi, who converted to Islam in 2003, said Osborne was polite and her children, who are Muslim, would play with his children most days.

Condemning the incident, Prime Minister Theresa May said: "This is a bad incident", adding, "All my thoughts are with those who have been injured, their loved ones, and the emergency services on the scene".

Police were alerted to a "drunk man" in a van in Cardiff which matched the description of the vehicle that was driven into people in Finsbury Park a day before the attack, ITV News has learned. Police were called to Greenbooth Reservoir, in Rochdale, and discovered the boy's body after an underwater search.

Met Police chief Cressida Dick and faith leaders were among hundreds who took part in a vigil on Monday night.

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