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'Stay strong' urges council leader in wake of mosque attack

20 June 2017, 09:51 | Justin Tyler

A police forensics officer walks from the scene where a van ploughed into pedestrians near Finsbury Park Mosque

A police forensics officer walks from the scene where a van ploughed into pedestrians near Finsbury Park Mosque

"But really an attack on the Muslim community is an attack on every single citizen in Great Britain, because we are one nation, under one god, living together, working together, co-operating together in this country", he added.

Flowers have been laid near the scene, with one card reading: "This is an attack on all Londoners and on my community".

He told reporters: "It wasn't me alone, there were a group of brothers".

Police said the driver was detained by the crowd until police arrived.

"Following the incident, we have been advised by the Metropolitan Police that people will se an increased number of officers on duty across London".

Vanzella said she saw police put a man into a police vehicle and take him away, but she didn't see them arrest him. "We are devastated for the families, our hearts go out to those who've been injured".

"People were shouting this is an act of terrorism, even though he's white", another witness, Hillary Briffa, said, referring to the man taken away be police.

Then on June 3, eight people were killed and 48 were injured when three men drove a van into pedestrians on London Bridge before leaping out and launching a stabbing spree in nearby bars and restaurants.


"While this appears to be an attack on a particular community, like the awful attacks in Manchester, Westminster and London Bridge, it is also an assault on all our shared values of tolerance, freedom and respect".

"We all have harmony in this area, and these people try to divide us, but we tell them that we will not let you do that".

She has faced heavy criticism for her response to a fire in a London tower block on Wednesday which killed at least 58 people, and for her record on security after a series of attacks blamed on Islamist militants in recent months.

London Mayor Sadiq Khan has called on her to reverse planned police spending cuts. "He targeted Muslims this time", the witness, identified only as Rayan, said.

She promised action to stamp out all forms of hatred, saying there had been far too much tolerance of extremism in Britain over many years.

Conservative Home Secretary Amber Rudd said the attack is being treated "as a terrorist incident", with the investigation being led by the Counter Terrorism Command.

The neighbourhood has two mosques, and several hundred worshippers would have been in the area after attending prayers as part of the Muslim holy month of Ramadan. Later Monday, London Metropolitan Police said he was charged with the commission, preparation or instigation of terrorism including murder and attempted murder.

The mosque itself gained notoriety more than a decade ago for sermons by radical cleric Abu Hamza al-Masri, who was sentenced to life in a US prison in January 2015 after being convicted of terrorism-related charges.



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