Published: Tue, June 20, 2017
World | By Paul Elliott

A neighborhood accused of terror ties has become a victim of terrorism

"It is a reminder that terrorism, extremism and hatred take many forms; and our determination to tackle them must be the same whoever is responsible".

May said the attack was "every bit as sickening as those that have come before", referring to three Islamist-inspired attacks in London and Manchester this year that have killed 35 people and injured around 200.

Mohammed Kozbar, chairman of the Finsbury Park Mosque, described the attack as "cowardly".

In a statement issued around six hours after the incident, the Finsbury Park Mosque condemned the "heinous terrorist attack" and said: "We are extremely unhappy with the mainstream media not reporting this as a terrorist attack, whereas they are very swift in describing attacks involving individuals professing to be Muslims and acting in the name of Islam".

"There has been far too much tolerance of extremism. including Islamophobia", she said, announcing the creation of a new commission to fight extremism in the same way as racism. An imam prevented people from taking revenge on the man, he said.

"Diverse, welcoming, vibrant, compassionate, confident and determined never to give in to hate".

"An attack on one faith is an attack on all faiths, it seems to me", said Reverend Adrian Newman, Bishop of Stepney, according to The Telegraph.

He told reporters: "It wasn't me alone, there were a group of brothers".

"They were very nervous, shouting very loud, trying desperately to make some signs to a police auto that was. just passing the road", she told CNN.

The Finsbury Park Mosque gained notoriety more than a decade ago for sermons by radical cleric Abu Hamza al-Masri, who was sentenced to life in a USA prison in January 2015 after being convicted of terrorism-related charges.

Despite the change in leadership and the focus on bolstering inter-faith relations, the mosque reported that it had received a string of threatening emails and letters in the wake of the terror attacks in Paris.

The Muslim Council of Britain tweeted, "We have been informed that a van has run over worshipers as they left #FinsburyPark Mosque".

"Our community is in shock", he said, urging people attending prayers to remain vigilant.

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

ACC Adderley added: "Together we can ensure terrorists will not succeed in their attempts to divide us". After Monday morning's incident, witnesses said, the imam at this nearby Muslim center and mosque stopped worshippers from attacking the man who had been driving the truck.

But some anxious that the attack would still cause further problems for Finsbury Park's Muslim community during the holy month of Ramadan.

Jeremy Corbyn, the Labour leader whose Islington North constituency includes the Finsbury Park mosque, visited the scene twice yesterday and appeared close to tears.

"An attack on a mosque, an attack on a synagogue, an attack on a church is actually an attack on all of us".

"At this stage, we are calling for calm", he said.

Eight people were killed and 50 injured on June 3 when three Islamist terrorists drove into pedestrians on London Bridge and stabbed people at nearby restaurants and bars in Borough Market.

On March 22, a man drove a rented vehicle into pedestrians on Westminster Bridge in London and stabbed a policeman to death before being shot dead.

It was the third major incident in the capital in weeks, after the London Bridge attack and last week's devastating Grenfell Tower fire. The attacks also reveal that words kill.

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