London mayor on attack against Muslims: ‘Terrorism is terrorism’

Community leaders are praising a local imam for restraining a mob that had surrounded the man accused of driving a van into a crowd of worshippers near Finsbury Park Mosque in London.As people tended to the injured and tried to calm the cascading tension, a police van drove by, Mahmoud said.”The driver of the van was found detained by members of public at the scene and then arrested by police in connection with the incident”, a spokesperson for the Metropolitan Police said. “When (the driver) was running, he was saying, ‘I wanna kill more people, I wanna kill more Muslims, ‘” he told BBC TV.British Prime Minister Theresa May said police were investigating the incident as a terrorist attack.Mayor of London Sadiq Khan said: “While this appears to be an attack on a particular community, like the bad attacks in Manchester, Westminster and London Bridge it is also an assault on all our shared values of tolerance, freedom and respect”.Several of the injured are believed to be seriously hurt.After meeting with the chairman of the mosque, Mohammed Kozbar, she stood with him to observe a short silence.Shortly after the incident took place, Khan referred to it as a “horrific terrorist attack”.The terror probe led investigators to the Welsh capital Cardiff, where they searched a property said by media to be the home of Darren Osborne.Eight people remain in hospital after the incident.Earlier this month, three men drove a van into pedestrians on London Bridge, before attacking people with knives at the nearby Borough Market area.One person died at the scene although it is not yet clear if this was the result of the attack.STINCHFIELD: Alright, so we see an escalating number of attacks, as that is still under investigation.According to the council in a follow-up tweet, the van struck the victims closer to the Muslim Welfare House.”I know him. I’ve lived here for five years, he was already living here when I moved in”, said 50-year-old Saleem Naema. We will focus on reports from police officials and other authorities, credible news outlets and reporters who are at the scene.Manchester was also hit in May when a bomber killed more than 20 people at an Ariana Grande concert.