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1 suspect held in mosque attack

1 suspect held in mosque attack

A van plowed into a group of Muslim worshipers as they were leaving prayers at a pair of north London mosques early Monday, killing one person and injuring 10 others, police said.

According to multiple reports and social media posts, the van ran over people leaving the Finsbury Park Mosque.

The European Jewish Congress's President Dr. Moshe Kantor condemned the "unconscionable attack on Muslim worshippers during their holy month of Ramadan", adding that "an attack on one religion is an attack on all religions and all people and faiths must stand together against terror".

One man outside the Finsbury Park mosque was killed, a van driver was arrested and eight people were taken to hospitals following the early morning incident.

Earlier today, Mr Kozbar called for action by the government and police to protect mosques, and said the his own mosque would be tightening security. The London Ambulance Service says the injured are being taken to hospitals.

Eight people were killed and 50 injured on June 3 when three Islamist militants drove into pedestrians on London Bridge and stabbed people at nearby restaurants and bars.

Vehicle collides with pedestrians in Finsbury Park
The Muslim Council tweeted that worshippers were struck by a van as they were leaving prayers near the Finsbury Park mosque. The Metropolitan Police said the investigation of the incident is being carried out by the Counter Terrorism Command.

"No matter what the motivation proves to be, and we are keeping an open mind, this is being treated as a terrorist attack and the Counter Terrorism Command is investigating", he said in a statement.

Amid the angry screaming, people are heard trying to calm the crowd, one man saying: "Don't worry, officers are here".

"I've been in touch with the mosques, police and Islington Council", he said in a statement on Twitter. The suspect, described by witnesses as a large white man, was detained with the help of members of the public.

Witness Mohamed Mohidin told the Reuters news agency that the van driver came onto the sidewalk, "coming straight towards all the Muslims, and as he's coming to them he hit all of them, and I think one of them died straight away... and the rest are in a bad condition". "Within a minute, a van with speed turned to where we were and ran over the man who was laying on the floor and the people around him", said an eye-witness.

"So the answer to that is yes, these peaks of anti-Muslim hate incidences reported in do go up in very high numbers after terrorist incidences".

It's true the targets were Muslim and the suspected attacker appears not to have been. He said: "Our heartfelt sympathy, thoughts and prayers are with the victims".

UK official: mosque attack treated as terrorism
London police said in a statement that one death has been confirmed and eight people were injured and taken to nearby hospitals. The writer then shared a post by the Anne Frank Center which said: 'Demonizing Muslims saves no lives.

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.

The incident came after two terror attacks in London in the past three months involving vehicles ploughing into crowds of people, as well as the suicide bombing attack at a Manchester pop concert in May. And given the outburst from the suspect, authorities swiftly began to consider this as an attack upon a religion, especially since the collision occurred in an area where at least four mosques are situated.

British Prime Minister Theresa May says she will chair an emergency meeting Monday morning following a van crash which killed a man outside a mosque. "He was really shouting and aggressive ... he was just spitting on us", Hashi said.

A 48-year-old man has been arrested on suspicion of attempted murder following the incident, which took place outside Muslim Welfare House.

"People who were inside saw the attacker was smiling, he was waving, he was happy".

Witnesses said the road was "backed up" with police cars, ambulance and fire engines.

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