Wednesday, 18 October, 2017

London mosque attacker: 'I want to kill all Muslims'

Police officers attend to the scene after a vehicle collided with pedestrians in the Finsbury Park neighborhood of North London Britain At Least 1 Dead After Vehicle Hits Pedestrians Near North London Mosque
Melinda Barton | 20 June, 2017, 02:11

A group of people were helping a man who had collapsed when they were hit by the van just after midnight.

When the van came to a stop, members of the public wrestled the alleged driver to the ground until police arrived to arrest him. Police mobile phone photo also appears to show the man blowing a kiss following his arrest.

Eight injured people were taken to three separate hospitals, and three people were treated at the scene for minor injuries, police said.

The mayor, Sadiq Khan, acknowledged that the situation was still unfolding, and he urged Londoners to remain calm and vigilant.

May, speaking outside the prime minister's residence, said the incident was "every bit as sickening" as prior attacks in Britain.

"We will not allow these terrorists to succeed".

The attack happened just days after worshippers at the mosque where warned about the increased risk of hate crime against during their holy month. 'I want to kill Muslims'. "Three of them were bleeding badly", he said. Chancellor Angela Merkel's spokesman, Steffen Seibert, said Monday that the government's sympathy goes to the victims and their relatives, the London mosque community and "all our friends in London and Britain who are barely able to find peace at the moment".

Communities and Local Government Secretary Sajid Javid visited the scene and condemned what he described as an attack on innocent people.

The 48-year-old man who allegedly plowed a van into a crowd of worshippers at a London mosque as they were leaving Ramadan prayers was seen blowing a kiss to onlookers as he was taken away, FoxNews.com reports.

After the London Bridge attack earlier this month, police had described it publicly as a terrorist incident within two and a half hours.

Ali Habib, a 23-year-old student, said residents are angry that the mosque attack hasn't been portrayed in the same light as the other attacks across the country.

Monday morning the Muslim Welfare House headlined its website with this message: "All of us at Muslim Welfare House sends our thoughts and prayers to the victims and those injured in the major incident at Finsbury Park".

Before the motive for the early morning attack was reported, Hopkins incorrectly suggested that it was Islamist in nature. "We have to protect each others' faith, each others' way of life, and that's what makes us a strong society and community", he added.

"He tried to kill a lot of people so obviously it's a terrorist attack". Police are investigating whether a man who died at the scene was killed by the attack or something else.

Britain's terrorist alert level is now at "severe", the second-highest level, meaning an attack is highly likely.

On June 3, Islamic extremists used a vehicle and then knives to kill eight people and wound dozens of others on London Bridge and in the popular Borough Market area.