Sunday, 20 August, 2017

UK moves to ease tensions after van attack on London Muslims

Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn with interfaith leaders next to the police cordon Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn with interfaith leaders next to the police cordon
Melinda Barton | 20 June, 2017, 03:09

In the past three months, mosques across Britain have reported several attacks against worshippers and places of worship.

Miqdaad Versi, assistant secretary general of the Muslim Council of Britain, said the van had deliberately swerved into a group of people who were helping a man who was ill and had fallen to the ground.

Counter-terror police were investigating the incident.

GRANT STINCHFIELD (HOST): I was going to first ask you about the maybe attack in London, where again we had a van drive through folks it appears, in front of a mosque.

The person spoke on condition of anonymity because he was not authorized to speak about the ongoing investigation into an attack on worshippers outside a mosque in London. He also said that the incident was a "deliberate attack on innocent Londoners, many of whom were finishing prayers during the holy month of Ramadan".

The organization stated further that "targeting worshipers of any faith was an attack on the shared values of tolerance and communality".

"I am of course critical of cuts made to the police service, I make no criticism of the police behaviour or reaction last night".

The Prime Minister was speaking following a meeting with security officials and ministers in the Government's Cobra emergency committee in Whitehall.

British authorities, including Prime Minister Theresa May, and Islamic leaders moved swiftly to ease concerns in the Muslim community following the attack shortly after midnight that injured at least nine people in London's Finsbury Park neighborhood, which is home to a large Muslim population.

Police are treating the incident as a terror attack. He would've died because so many people were punching him but the imam came out and said, 'No more punching, let's keep him down until the police come'. "And then the imam of the mosque actually came out and said, 'Don't hit him, hand him over to the police, pin him down'". Kacimi said when he did so, the 48-year-old driver said to him: "I've done my bit". Vehicles have also been also used to attack the public on London's Westminster Bridge, in Nice, France, and in Berlin.

"I have got relatively isolated communities of Muslims and I will act to reassure them". The attacker was shot dead by police.

- May 22, 2017: A British-born suicide bomber who returned from Libya days earlier kills 22 people and injures dozens during an Ariana Grande concert at Manchester Arena in northern England.