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Imam stops angry Muslims assailing London van suspect

20 Juin 2017

Police Commissioner Cressida Dick has also stated it was "quite clearly an attack on Muslims", while Scotland Yard confirmed they would reassess the security of mosques during Ramadan.

The Muslim cleric who prevented the angry worshippers from harming the suspect of the van attack at a mosque in London's Finsbury Park, has been praised for his "bravery and courage". Three Muslim extremists who carried out the attack were killed by police.

A 47-year-old man was held on suspicion of the commission, preparation or instigation of terrorism including murder and attempted murder.

Tributes for the victims of the Westminster Bridge and Manchester attacks are placed, backdropped by the Houses of Parliament in London, Monday, June 19, 2017.

"For every act of terror designed to create hate and division over the last few weeks, we have seen countless acts of kindness and compassion".

The chaos outside the Finsbury Park Mosque follows three Islamist-inspired attacks over the past three months that have triggered a surge in hate crimes around Britain. People surrounded the driver and witnesses said the outraged crowd began attacking him. We said: "'we're not going to kill you, why did you do that?' and he wouldn't say anything", continued Alamoudi.

Jeddah - An official source at the Foreign Ministry condemned terrorist attack on worshipers near the Finsbury Park Mosque north of London.

"His counterterrorism adviser and other senior White House staff track the situation and have been in contact with our British counterparts since it occurred", Spicer said in an off-camera briefing.

A Metropolitan Police statement said that due to the nature of the attack, "extra policing resources have been deployed in order to reassure communities, especially those observing Ramadan". Two others were treated at the scene. The father-of-four is alleged to have said, "I did the job..." Then we managed to get him on the floor, and he was saying: "oh kill me, kill me".

As president, Trump has taken steps to protect Muslims from violence, including cruise missile strikes against Syria's military after blaming it for a chemical attack that killed dozens of civilians.

Officers were in the immediate vicinity as the attack unfolded and responded within one minute.

All of the casualties were Muslims.

Pictures of the van indicated it was rented from Pontyclun Van Hire, northwest of Cardiff.

The U.K. police service said officers were called at 12:20 a.m. local time (7:20 p.m. Sunday ET) to the scene on Seven Sisters Road in the Finsbury Park neighborhood, home to many immigrants.

Imam stops angry Muslims assailing London van suspect