Thursday, 22 June, 2017

Driver plows into crowd outside London mosque, injuring 10

Video shows bystanders at the mosque protecting and subduing the attacker that killed one, injured 10 Imam Hailed as Hero for Protecting Finsbury Park Van Attacker
Melinda Barton | 20 June, 2017, 02:58

"A group of worshippers were crowding round to help him when the van drove at them and ran over the old man".

They also flagged a passing police van and bundled the man into the back telling police: "There's a mob attempting to hurt him, If you don't take him, god forbid he might be seriously hurt". Police have not released his identity.

Witnesses told reporters that two other men jumped out of the van and fled the scene, but British police claim the suspect in custody acted alone.

Metropolitan Police deputy assistant commissioner Neil Basu said the man who died was already receiving first aid from members of the public and it was not yet known if his death was caused by the attack. She added that the attack had "once again targeted the ordinary and the innocent going about their daily lives - this time, British Muslims as they left a mosque, having broken their fast and prayed together at this sacred time of year".

"The Imam Mohammed did a really good job in calming things down", he said.

- "London is a city of many faiths and many nationalities".

Vowing "zero tolerance" for hate crimes, Khan declared "we will not allow these terrorists to succeed. we will stay a strong city".

- London Mayor Sadiq Khan called the incident "a horrific terrorist attack". "The situation is still unfolding and I urge all Londoners to remain calm and vigilant".

The imam of Finsbury Park mosque protected the suspected terrorist, shielding him from crowds of angry onlookers, until the police arrived on the scene shortly afterwards. "When he was on the floor, the guy asked "why do you do that?' He said: 'Because I want to kill many Muslim people". "This person was conscious. "Muslims are terrorists" - what can we do?"

The van which ploughed into worshippers in a fatal attack near a north London mosque belonged to a Welsh firm. After those attacks, the mosque was shut down and reorganized and has not been associated with radical views for more than a decade.

It is located a short walk away from Emirates Stadium, home of the Arsenal football club in north London.

Earlier, she chaired an emergency meeting of Cabinet members, police and security personnel, the Downing Street press office tells CNN.

"All my thoughts are with those who have been injured, their loved ones and the emergency services on the scene", May said in a statement.

The terrorist alert in the United Kingdom has been moved to "severe", which indicates an attack is highly likely.

Three Muslim extremists who carried out the attack were killed by police.

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

People compared headlines written in the minutes after news of Monday morning's attack broke with those atop reports published following full court trials.

We need community police officers more than ever to reassure the public and gather intelligence in light of recent events, according to a former Metropolitan police officer. No other suspects have been identified, police said. A vehicle struck pedestrians near a mosque in north London early Monday morni.