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Police provide reassurances after London attack

A van plowed into a group of Muslim worshipers leaving prayers at a pair of north London mosques early Monday, leaving one person dead and injuring 10 others in what is being called a “terrorist attack”.British Home Secretary Amber Rudd says police “immediately” treated a fatal incident outside a London mosque as a suspected terrorist attack. She said her thoughts were with the injured, their loved ones and emergency officials who responded to the incident.The van attack at Finsbury Park targetted Muslim worshippers leaving Finsbury Park mosque, according to reports.Leaders at the facility – which provides support services for Muslims in the North London area – quickly condemned the attack, referring to it as an “act of hate” meant to drive the community apart.Earlier this month, three men who pledged allegiance to the Islamic State terrorist group, rammed a van into pedestrians on London Bridge before stabbing passers-by, killing eight.”He picked this area well and he knows Finsbury Park is predominantly a Muslim area”.She said the driver of the van acted alone, and police declared it a terrorist incident within eight minutes.On March 22, a 52-year-old Briton rammed a auto into a crowd of pedestrians on Westminster Bridge, fatally injuring four of them, and then stabbed a police officer to death before he was gunned down by police.Toufik Kacimi, the chief executive of the Muslim Welfare House, said the man who was arrested had to be rescued by the imam at the centre to stop him being attacked, Sky News reported. It appears from eyewitness accounts that the perpetrator was motivated by Islamophobia.”A man was taken ill and they were trying to help him, that is why there was a large crowd and visibly you can tell people are Muslims, I am not going to say the countries but they were clearly Muslim”.Locals massing at barriers, angry at police, people confused about what has happened.Other eye-witnesses said that the imam from the mosque was the one who protected the terrorist from the enraged mob until the security forces arrived.Police said the driver was arrested and the crash was being investigated as suspected terrorism.Another eyewitness, Mohamad, said he and others in the community are anxious about returning to the area for prayer on Tuesday.”All the victims were from the Muslim community”, Deputy Assistant Commissioner Neil Basu told reporters.Khan called it “a deliberate attack on innocent Londoners, many of whom were finishing prayers during the holy month of Ramadan”.”Two of my cousins got injured seriously and they are being taken to hospital”.(Vatican Radio) Cardinal Nichols has offerd prayers for the victims of an attack in Finsbury Park, London.The leader of the opposition Labour Party, Jeremy Corbyn, in whose constituency the attack took place, said he was “totally shocked”.”Evil of this kind will never succeed”, May said after an emergency meeting at 10 Downing Street to coordinate the government’s response.Britain set its terror at “severe”, meaning an attack is highly likely, after a pair of incidents recently.Khalid described the driver of the van as a white man who had yelled that he wanted to “kill all Muslims”.