Authorities face questions over handling of London mosque attack

The man who died was was already receiving first aid at the time of the attack, the latest in a spate of terrorist strikes in Britain.”This is being treated as a terrorist attack and the Counter-Terrorism Command is investigating”, said Deputy Assistant Commissioner Neil Basu, senior national coordinator for counter-terrorism policing.In a statement issued around six hours after the incident, Finsbury Park Mosque condemned the “heinous” act and said they are “extremely unhappy with the mainstream media not reporting this as a terrorist attack”.Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn, left, meets locals at Finsbury Park Mosque in north London, after an incident where where a van struck pedestrians, in London, Monday June 19, 2017.Earlier this month on London Bridge, Islamic extremists used a vehicle and then knives to kill eight people and wound many others on the bridge and in the popular nearby Borough Market area.Numerous victims are believed to have just left evening prayers at the Muslim Welfare House after breaking the Ramadan fast.Meanwhile, an imam at the mosque has described how he had to step in to stop the suspect being attacked by an angry crowd immediately after the attack.The U.K. police service said officers were called at 12:20 a.m. local time (7:20 p.m. Sunday ET) to the scene on Seven Sisters Road in the Finsbury Park neighborhood, home to many immigrants.The constant specter of terrorism in London is something that Zara, 40, a Muslim and Finsbury Park local, has been struggling to grapple with.Monday’s incident took place during the Muslim holy month of Ramadan, when worshipers traditionally fast during the daytime and worship at night.Emotions are high in the United Kingdom in the wake of a series of deadly terrorist attacks and a fire at a London apartment building that killed dozens.”Mohammed was the hero of the day, he was the one who contained the guy and held him up until the police came and took him away”, Kacimi told the Standard.”This was an attack on Muslims near their place of worship”, she said. In a series of tweets explaining the deletion, she noted, “I deleted my tweet about the Mail not calling the #FinsburyPark attacker a terrorist because many rightly pointed out that the headline was written before charges had been brought against him”.She says that since the recent attacks in Manchester and London, she leaves the house every morning wondering if someone will say something to her because of the way she dresses.”Witnesses have described hearing the van driver, who was detained by members of the public at the scene, saying he had wanted to kill Muslims”. Police said a man who was driving the vehicle has been arrested and taken to a hospital as a precaution. A further two people were treated at the scene, including the elderly man who later died.He said: “During the night, ordinary British citizens were set upon while they were going about their lives, completing their night worship”.Manchester was also hit on May 22 when a suicide bomber killed 22 people at an Ariana Grande concert.- The Archbishop of Canterbury, Justin Welby, said “the appalling attack on Muslims in Finsbury Park is an attack on us all and on the culture and values of our country”.”Our thoughts and prayers go out to the victims and their families, and we’ve made it very clear to our British allies that we stand ready to provide any support or assistance”, Spicer said. “We saw that clearly after London Bridge”, he said.