Terror attack near London mosque, one dead (Fourth Lead)

Patrice Gainsbourg
Junho 20, 2017

(AP Photo/Tim Ireland). A van is seen near Finsbury Park station after the vehicle struck pedestrians in north London, Monday June 19, 2017.

Footage showing the tense aftermath of the Finbury Park Mosque terror attack has been released, showing the white van driver shouting "kill me, kill me" as a crowd of worshippers pinned him to the ground, as reported by Daily Mail.

"We condemn this attack and its attempt to escalate tensions in the United Kingdom and we stand firmly beside our Muslim brothers and sisters in the aftermath of this attack", EJC President Dr. Moshe Kantor said in the statement.

- Police have not named the man arrested, but the van bears the logo and phone number for Pontyclun Van Hire in south Wales.

At least one person has been killed and several others injured in the attack after an unknown assailant ran his vehicle into worshippers who were coming out of the mosque after offering prayers.

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

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.

London Mayor Sadiq Khan, meanwhile, paid tribute to the local community who apprehended the attacker near the mosque, especially the religious leader who kept him safe from mob violence.

British counter-terrorism officers have joined regular police to help investigate the incident, according to the Guardian. "Those who try to divide us and aim to spread fear, hatred and division will not succeed".

The Muslim Council of Britain said this was the "most violent manifestation to date" of recent Islamophobic incidents.

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The ranty message went on to suggest that western nations "hate Muslims", before adding: "Christians will always hate you". "My thoughts and prayers are with everyone affected".

The footage obtained by LBC shows chaotic scenes after the terror attack, which targeted Muslims, that took place early on Monday morning.

The driver of the van, a 48-year-old man, was arrested after bystanders kept him from fleeing, the police said in a statement.

An imam intervened to stop local residents from beating a man accused of driving into people on Monday outside a London mosque after Ramadan prayers, and one official said "his bravery and courage" potentially saved the man's life.

"A terrorist attack on any faith or community is an attack on all of us", he tweeted.

"It is too early to state if his death was as a result of the attack".

In the span of a few months, Britain has suffered from three major terrorist attacks.

"Your elders could be killed, your sisters could be attacked".

On May 22, a suicide attack killed 22 people and injured almost 60 after an Ariana Grande concert in Manchester.

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