Van driver deliberately ploughed into worshippers in London: Muslim Council of Britain

Frederick Owens
June 19, 2017

Deputy Assistant Commissioner Neil Basu, the Senior National Coordinator for Counter Terrorism said: "From 00:21hrs this morning police received a number calls to Seven Sisters Road following a van having collided with pedestrians".

The incident happened around 12:20 a.m. BST outside the Muslim Welfare House on Seven Sisters Road in north London.

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

The mosque's chairman, Mohammed Kozbar, described the incident as "a cowardly attack which is no different than the attacks in Manchester and London".

The attacker struck as the area was busy with worshippers attending Ramadan night prayers at Finsbury Park mosque.

The Archbishop of Canterbury, Justin Welby, condemned the attack, describing it as appalling. The Independent reported that Theresa May finally met the victims' families on Sunday at Downing Street.

Video shows an angry crowd pinning down the apparent van driver moments after his vehicle ploughed into worshippers leaving a north London mosque. Around 10% of the borough's population is Muslim.

Transportation officials said roads in the area were being closed.

Dead: As of Monday morning, the person killed had not been identified.

The incident comes just over two weeks after three Islamist militants drove into pedestrians on London Bridge and stabbed people at nearby restaurants and bars, killing eight.

Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn said: "I'm totally shocked at the incident at Finsbury Park tonight". It was exactly the same time as the prayers finished.

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Bergen added: "Ramadan, particularly in a country like the United Kingdom, where the days are very long in June, you know you're fasting from dawn to dusk and you're breaking the fast at night".

The Muslim Council says a van has "run over worshippers" leaving the Finsbury Park mosque. The mosque, which today operates largely as a community center, rose to global notoriety in the early 2000s, due to its links with Egyptian-born radical cleric Abu Hamza al-Masri. Violence only begets more violence- it serves only the interests of those who would terrorise others.

It was reopened in February 2005 with a new board of trustees supported by the Muslim Association of Britain (MAB), who were tasked with stamping out extremism.

Resident Cynthia Vanzella said she was in bed when she heard people shouting.

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.

"I tried to stop him (the suspect), some people were hitting him but I said stop him and keep him until the police came". We got told to move straight away.

The Metropolitan Police said that one man was pronounced dead at the scene and ten others were injured.

Another witness, Abdikadar Warfa, said he helped to detain the suspect while his friends helped victims.

"These were the kinds of comments people were yelling out", she said. "Tomorrow when I come to the mosque I'll be looking over my shoulder because two guys are still out there", he added.

This is a developing story.

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