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Van Rams into London Mosque Worshippers

20 Juin 2017

One man has died and eight people have been taken to hospital after a van was driven into pedestrians near a north London mosque.

It then mounted the pavement and ploughed into a group of people who were giving first aid to an elderly man who had fallen ill, outside the Muslim Welfare House, near Finsbury Park Mosque.

Numerous victims had just left evening prayers at the Muslim Welfare House after breaking the Ramadan fast.

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 said the old man had died, but it was not clear if his death was directly linked to the attack.

People at the scene said he had told them he wanted to kill Muslims.

"It was an attack that once again target 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 attacks were a factor in campaigning ahead of the June 8 election, with Prime Minister May criticised for overseeing a drop of 20,000 in the number of police officers in England and Wales as interior minister from 2010 to 2016.

Sky News reported that the mosque's imam prevented the crowd from beating the attacker until police arrived. "It seeks to drive us apart and to break the precious bonds of solidarity and citizenship which we share in this country", she said.

Dave Ashford, 52, said: "Someone called me and said it was him and I said "It can't be". One person was killed and 10 injured in the incident.

A cafe owner who had pinned Osborne to the ground said he's sure the attacker would be dead if the imam hadn't intervened.

"It's like pulling teeth to get President Trump to respond to terror attacks on Muslims", said Ibrahim Hooper of the Council on American-Islamic Relations.

Dave Ashford, 52, said: "Someone called me and said it was him and I said "It can't be".

Camera phone footage showed him being captured by worshippers who attacked him as he screamed "kill me". "Our prayers are with the victims".

Meanwhile, Osborne's nephew, Ellis, 26, said the family were "massively shocked" and added that their "hearts go out to the people who had been injured".

"One guy caught the guy and brought him down", Bouhllissa told Reuters. The group's general secretary, Harun Khan, described the incident as a hate crime against Muslims. Police declared it a terrorist incident within eight minutes.

A suicide bombing at a pop concert in Manchester, northern England, in May also killed 22 people, while in March, a man drove a rented vehicle into pedestrians on Westminster Bridge in London and stabbed a policeman to death before being shot dead.

The Finsbury Park mosque was associated with extremist ideology for several years after the 9/11 attacks in the United States, but it was shut down and reorganized.

"He tried to kill a lot of people so obviously it's a terrorist attack".

Prime Minister Theresa May, who chaired a meeting of the COBRA emergency committee, condemned the attack as every bit as sickening as the recent atrocities in London and Manchester.

Later in the morning a woman who gave her name as Allison and said she was a retired school teacher arrived with a homemade sign that read, "Leave our Muslim neighbors alone".

Tell MAMA, an anti-Islamophobia group, had visited Muslim Welfare House on Friday last week to inform the community about the need to report anti-Muslim hate incidents and to consider their safety during Ramadan.

Van Rams into London Mosque Worshippers