London Police Treat Mosque Attack as Terrorist Incident

According to witnesses, the driver had yelled that he wanted to “kill all Muslims”, making the incident a suspected hate crime.One man died after pedestrians were targeted by a man driving a van near Finsbury Park Mosque in north London early on Monday.”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”.It also demanded politicians “treat this major incident no less than a terrorist attack”.London police – already stretched by a series of tragedies including a June 14 high-rise apartment fire in which 79 people are presumed dead and a June 3 terror attack near London Bridge that killed seven people – said they are putting more officers on the street to reassure the public.Sky News reported that police said the incident happened after worshippers were leaving the Finsbury Park mosque after prayers.Imam Mohammed Mahmoud, of the Muslim Welfare House, has been hailed a hero for stepping in to protect the suspected attacker, a 48-year-old man, telling the furious mob: “Do not touch him”. “He did what he did deliberately to hit and kill as many Muslims as possible, so he is a terrorist”.Fearless onlookers had wrestled the suspect to the ground until police arrived.- Jeremy Corbyn, the leader of the opposition Labour Party, said he is “shocked by this horrific and cruel attack” and appealed “for people and the media to remain calm and respectful of those affected”.”When he went into the [police] van he made gestures, he was laughing”.Footage showed injured people motionless on the pavement as angry crowds surrounded a man believed to be the driver.Resident Cynthia Vanzella said she was in bed when she heard people shouting.In one video, a group of men are seen holding the suspect on the ground as they call for the police.- Two people were treated at the scene, May said, and eight others have been taken to three hospitals. London police are investigating it as a terrorist incident.London’ police force have declined to explain why the person charged with attempted murder in the attack on pedestrians outside the Finsbury Park mosque was not immediately charged in connection with a man who died at the scene. “He will also be subject of a mental health assessment in due course”. “I have assured the leadership of the Mosque and the Muslim Welfare Centre of our prayers and support”, said Cardinal Vincent Nichols, in a statement released this morning. “An attack on one community is an attack on all of us”, Police Commissioner Cressida Dick said.Harun Khan, Secretary General of the Muslim Council of Britain said: “During the night, ordinary British citizens were set upon while they were going about their lives, completing their night worship”.Prime Minister Theresa May said that her thoughts were with the victims and their families, and that she would chair a Cobra emergency cabinet meeting this morning. “It appears from eye witness accounts that the perpetrator was motivated by Islamophobia”.The Muslim Council of Wales said it was “horrified by the news of the attack on Muslim worshippers”.”We urge all to remember her message today”.London has seen several deadly terrorist attacks in recent months. I am grateful to our emergency services, who responded quickly and have been working on the scene throughout the night.Contributing: The Associated Press.They killed eight people before being shot dead by police.