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Muslims targeted by violence in wake of IS-claimed attacks

Across Britain, Muslims say they are being targeted by a wave of animosity and violence simply because of the way they dress and worship, and because they share a religion hijacked by bloodthirsty extremists like the Islamic State group, which was quick to claim responsibility for recent attacks in Britain and elsewhere.Imam Mohammed Mahmoud had just finished leading prayers when a panicked worshipper rushed inside the mosque in north London.Adil Rana, 24, who was outside Finsbury Park Mosque when the attack happened, said the imam moved quickly to de-escalate the situation. This has led to an atmosphere where it is acceptable to harass and ostracize Muslims. Early police caution about declaring the incident to be terrorist-related was interpreted by the community as discriminatory.Eight people were taken to hospital after the attack outside the mosque, which is also a community centre. The pair were engaged in an argument when the man’s ex-girlfriend swung what police called “a tire plug tool” at him and stabbed him with it.Earlier this month, a van veered into pedestrians on London Bridge, setting off vehicle and knife attacks that killed eight people and wounded many others on the bridge and in the nearby Borough Market area.The Muslim Welfare House called for calm after the incident. “There has been one person arrested”.The Metropolitan Police Service, already stretched by investigations of the earlier attacks and a high-rise apartment fire that killed at least 79 people, said it was putting extra patrols on the streets to protect the public.Commander Cressida Dick, speaking Monday in the London neighborhood of Finsbury Park, says people in Muslim communities will see more of their police protecting them in the coming days.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.”Over the past weeks and months, Muslims have endured many incidents of Islamophobia and this is the most violent manifestation to date”, said Harun Khan, head of the Muslim Council of Britain, an umbrella body.Radical Islamists have committed several attacks using vans and other vehicles and hitting pedestrians; this hate-filled maniac chose to do the same to Muslims coming out of a mosque.The lone victim who died in today’s London mosque attack was identified as an “elderly Bangladeshi expatriate”, news portal Telegraph.co.uk reports quoting witnesses. “People are both scared and angry”.British opposition leader Jeremy Corbyn of the Labour Party said he was “totally shocked” by the incident that “has left several people injured after witnesses said a van rammed into worshipers leaving a mosque”.Manchester was hit by a deadly attack on May 22 when a suicide bomber killed 22 people at an Ariana Grande concert.