Finsbury Park attack: Police treating London mosque assault as terrorism

Police said the driver was detained by the crowd until police arrived. He will be given a mental-health evaluation. “He was saying “I wanna kill more people, I wanna kill more Muslims'”, Aidroos told BBC TV”.One man outside the Finsbury Park mosque died at the scene, a van driver was arrested and eight people were taken to hospitals following the early morning incident. Two people were treated at the scene. 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 punched me in the head”, Hashi said, showing his bruises. The man later died, though it is not yet clear if his death was linked to the attack, Basu said. “We don’t yet know the full details, but this was clearly a deliberate attack on innocent Londoners, many of whom were finishing prayers during the holy month of Ramadan”, Khan said.Why are many residents angry?Another eyewitness, who gave his name as Athman, told AFP: “People were screaming: ‘It’s a terrorist attack, it’s an attack, this guy attacked us, ‘ and I had to run back and tried to save people who were still alive and giving water, helping the police”.Police issued an initial statement at 01:03 am (0003 GMT) saying a vehicle had collided with pedestrians.Basu said that police were keeping an “open mind” on the motivations behind the attack, but “given the methodology and given what was occurring and what’s happened, the tragic incidents across the country, this had all the hallmarks of a terrorist incident”. Some also claim that the driver stabbed victims with a knife. But the Met said: “At this early stage of this investigation, no other suspects at the scene have been identified or reported to police, however the investigation continues”.Police, including armed officers, could be seen manning a wide cordon around the area, while others searched the area with sniffer dogs.”If you were interested in targeting a group of Muslims at a mosque that was notorious, this would be the mosque you would do it at”.And the Muslim Welfare House said Mr Mahmoud’s “bravery and courage helped calm the immediate situation after the incident and prevented further injuries and potential loss of life”.A leader of the Muslim Council of Britain has called for extra security at mosques after a van struck worshippers leaving prayers at the Finsbury Park mosque. The group’s general secretary, Harun Khan, described the incident as a hate crime against Muslims.”The only way to deal with this kind of issue is communities coming together and this is a very multi-faith community – Christians, Jewish, Muslims, Hindu, Buddhist, all live around here”.”Rampant Islamophobia has been on the rise for a number of years”.”People are going to wake up tomorrow.communities from all different backgrounds, and they’re going to be in shock to hear worshipers in front of a mosque were attacked in the same way that people were attacked on the London Bridge”, he said.May said she would chair an emergency security Cabinet session Monday.In a statement 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”.