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

Finsbury Park: A mixed and tolerant community that has been left appalled

Finsbury Park: A mixed and tolerant community that has been left appalled

At least one person was killed and 10 others were injured when the lone assailant drove a van into a crowd of Muslims gathered outside the Muslim Welfare House, near the Finsbury Park Mosque, where they had been attending Ramadan prayers.

London police chief Cressida Dick said the incident was "quite clearly an attack on Muslims" and promised a stepped-up police presence near mosques as the holy month of Ramadan draws to a close.

Police said the attack happened while a man, who later died, was receiving first aid after being taken ill in Seven Sisters Road. Abdulrahman Aidroos said he and his friends had been tending an old man who had suffered a heart attack when the van was driven at them.

"He has a fracture in his skull - but they still don't know why the bleeding from his ear is not stopping yet", the Somali-born man said. Police said extra personnel had been deployed to reassure Muslim communities in London and security outside mosques would be reviewed.

"This is being treated as a terrorist attack and the Counter Terrorism Command is investigating".

Adil Rana, 24, said: "The van was driving towards us to try and basically hit us at speed". Ten people were injured when a 48-year-old white man plowed a van into a crowd of people leaving evening prayers.

The family of Darren Osborne, the man arrested in connection to the terror attack in Finsbury Park, claim "he is not a racist".

Mohammed Shafiq of the Ramadhan Foundation, a Muslim organization, said that based on eyewitness reports, it seems to be a "deliberate attack against innocent Muslims".

Osborne's Muslim neighbour in Cardiff, Khadijh Sherazi, said she had never had any problems with him or his family until this weekend.

Today's attack his is the fourth terror attack in the United Kingdom in four months, after incidents in Westminster, Manchester and on London Bridge.

Locals held onto the suspect until he was arrested by police and later arrested on charges of "the commission, preparation or instigation of terrorism including murder and attempted murder".

The Muslim Council of Britain tweeted that the vehicle ran over worshippers as they were leaving the Finsbury Park Mosque after late-night prayers.

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

But Kacimi said there was no need for the Muslim community to panic, because police and government officials have been "very, very supportive". In the past decade, the mosque has transformed its image from one associated with radicalization to one that advocates interfaith harmony.

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