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UK official: mosque attack treated as terrorism

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.

A van drove into pedestrians early Monday morning in north London, police say, in what they are investigating as a terrorist attack.

Many local Muslim worshippers complained that police did not immediately treat it as a terrorist attack, saying they would have treated the incident differently if it had been an Islamist assault. "This is a terrorist attack and it was not an accident".

The MCB said on Twitter that the incident occurred near the Finsbury Park Mosque and that a van "intentionally" hit worshipers leaving the mosque.

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An imam has been hailed for his bravery after guarding the suspected terrorist who mowed down Muslim worshippers until the police arrived, telling a crowd: "Do not touch him". "Their restraint in the circumstances was commendable".

Eight people were treated at the scene and have been taken to three separate London hospitals, according to the London Ambulance Service.

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"We have a places of worship fund which we announced last summer, which is there to protect places of worship like mosques".

- The incident unfolded as evening Ramadan prayers ended. "He chose exactly the time that people pray, and the mosque is too small and full, so some pray outside".

It also comes at a time of political turmoil, as Prime Minister May plunges into severance talks with the European Union, weakened by the loss of her parliamentary majority in an 8 June election.

- Muslim Council of Britain releases a statement calling it a "terror attack".

"All my thoughts are with the victims, their families and the emergency services on the scene", she said.

A Metropolitan Police statement said that due to the nature of the attack, "extra policing resources have been deployed in order to reassure communities, especially those observing Ramadan".

One person died and 10 others were injured when a van drove into pedestrians outside a Mosque.

"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", he said.

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British Prime Minister Theresa May condemned the attack "on innocent people" and declared that Britain would stop at nothing to defeat extremism.

Police say a vehicle struck pedestrians on the road in north London, leaving sever.

Mohammed Kozbar, chairman of Finsbury Park Mosque, described the horrifying incident as a "terror attack".

"There was this white van stopped outside Finsbury Park Mosque that seems to have hit people who were coming out of the mosque after prayers finished".

"I heard a lot of shouting and panic".

However, Witnesses at the scene were shocked to know that some media outlets and authorities failed to identify the incident as a terror attack.

Harun Khan, secretary general of the Muslim Council of Britain, said that based on accounts from witnesses the driver was "motivated by Islamophobia".

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

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The Finsbury Park Mosque gained notoriety more than a decade ago for sermons by radical cleric Abu Hamza al-Masri, who was sentenced to life in a USA prison in January 2015 for his conviction on terrorism-related charges.


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