Wednesday, 18 October, 2017

West Mids Emergency Services React To Finsbury Park Terror Attack

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Stacy Diaz | 20 June, 2017, 02:42

The man suspected of ploughing a van into Muslims leaving late-night prayers at a London mosque has now been arrested on terror grounds, police said Monday.

Hours after police called an attack on pedestrians outside a Finsbury Park mosque in north London an act of terrorism, the National Rifle Association's news outlet, NRATV, attempted to cast doubt on that determination.

The incident is being investigated as a terrorist attack and has been referred to as such by UK Prime Minister Theresa May.

And another man who lived near Osborne's home said: 'I arrived home from work to find the street crawling with police - it's a complete shock'.

Police confirmed searches are being carried out at a residential address in the Cardiff area in connection with the attack.

Visiting Finsbury Park Mosque on Monday afternoon, Mrs May met with a selection of faith leaders who sat in a circle with her to discuss their concerns.

The Metropolitan Police Service, already stretched by its investigations of the earlier attacks and a high-rise apartment fire that is believed to have killed 79 people, immediately announced it was putting extra patrols on the streets to protect the public. A local imam, Mohammed Mahmoud, said he organized a group of people and shielded the man until police could take him away. So he was specifically out after Muslims, not after British citizens, per say.

"The atmosphere allowing and in some cases encouraging attacks on Muslims does nothing but play into the hands of extremists, while at the same time targeting innocent people", she said.

"While this appears to be an attack on a particular community, like the awful attacks in Manchester, Westminster and London Bridge it is also an assault on all our shared values of tolerance, freedom and respect", he said.

Police have not yet determined whether the fatality was a result of the van attack. "And we have made it very clear that we stand ready to provide and support or assistance that they need".

The incident follows only weeks after three Islamic attackers drove a van into pedestrians onLondon Bridge and then went on a knife rampage through busy Borough Market, killing eight people.

"Sending love and prayers to the victims in #FinsburyPark London", the first daughter tweeted.