Van rams worshippers leaving London mosque, injuring 10


Residents of Finsbury Park, where an attacker drove a van at crowds gathered near local mosques and a Muslim welfare center, expressed fear for their safety and anger at authorities in the wake of Monday morning's attack.

May chaired an emergency response meeting Monday morning. "All my thoughts are with the victims, their families and the emergency services on the scene", she said.

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Jamal Ahmed, 23, a trainee lawyer, said: "I think [the attack] happened here because people think this is an area riddled with extremism and terrorists, which is so far from the truth. The bad news is we have seen a big spike after London Bridge", Khan said.

London police cordon off a crime scene where a van rammed people leaving the Finsbury Park Mosque.

But equally we must accept that there are dots to be joined between Mair, Breivik and Lapshyn - and perhaps the person who drove his van into a crowd of Muslims in Finsbury Park - just as there are between Islamists such as Salman Abedi, Khuram Butt and Michael Adebolajo.

Toufik Kacimi, chief executive of the Muslim Welfare House, speaking to Sky News, said the attack clearly targeted Muslims leaving evening prayers during Ramadan.

Police had arrested the driver after the incident and Scotland Yard said there were no other suspects.

"Terrorism is terrorism.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, adding that the city was grieving and still recovering from the Grenfell Tower fire tragedy.

"When he was running he was saying "I wanna kill more people, I wanna kill more Muslims", he told BBC TV. The man later died, though it is not yet clear whether his death was linked to the attack, Basu said.

"I saw a man, he was underneath the van", Warfa said, who described how his friends tried to lift the van to free him.

After the London Bridge attack, the mayor's office reported a 40 percent increase in racist incidents in the city and a fivefold increase in the number of anti-Muslim incidents.

In an attempt to counter some criticism over the delay in classifying the incident as a terrorist attack, she said: "Officers were in the immediate vicinity as the attack unfolded and responded within one minute".

The Muslim Council of Britain said the van "intentionally" hit worshippers and labelled the attack at Finsbury Park as a "violent manifestation of Islamophobia".

"Less than 48 hours later, the same area experienced a terrorist attack aimed at killing Muslims returning home after their Ramadan prayers". "As soon as he opened the door people jumped on him to get him out", he said adding that a police van quickly arrived. "We stopped all forms of attack and abuse towards him that were coming from every angle".

"There has been an outpouring of sympathy for all for the recent terror attacks but hardly a whisper on this attack", he said.

In March, a lone attacker drove his auto into people on Westminster Bridge, then fatally stabbed a police officer at the gates of Parliament.

Rudd, who is in charge for government law enforcement, said: "Londoners have been hit with a series of attacks and have been nothing short of heroic." she said Monday.

Abu Hamza, who was the mosque's imam from 1997 to 2003, was later extradited to the United States, where he was convicted of supporting al Qaeda and Taliban terrorists, and sentenced to life in prison in 2015.

Manchester was also hit on May 22 when a suicide bomber killed 22 people at an Ariana Grande concert.