“He was shouting: “All Muslims, I want to kill all Muslims”, another witness, Khalid Amin, told BBC television.
An imam was praised after he saved the Finsbury Park attack suspect from being beaten when crowds pulled him from the van he used to kill one and injure many more. One man died at the scene and 10 people were injured.
The attack unfolded as Muslims finished nighttime prayers during the holy month of Ramadan.
Armed police guard a street in the Finsbury Park area of north London where a vehicle hit pedestrians on 19 June 2017.
Mohammed Shafiq of the Ramadhan Foundation, a Muslim organization, said that based on eyewitness reports it seems to be a “deliberate attack against innocent Muslims”.
There’s been another terrorist attack in London and once again it was executed with a van.
Many at the mosque, and on social media, criticized the police and the media for what they saw as a too-slow decision to label the mosque attack as terror.
Tactical units in East Hertfordshire were deployed close to mosques early this morning following the attack near the Finsbury Park mosque. “And one of them was under the van, people were gathered around the van to actually lift the van up to get this guy up from under the van”.
The incident followed a series of attacks in Britain.
Police said all of the victims were members of the Muslim community.
The worshipers were attending to an elderly man who’d fallen suddenly ill after evening prayers when terror struck. It has not been associated with radical views for more than a decade. His attack killed five people.
“This seems to be the latest and extremely violent manifestation of Islamophobia in Europe as we have been witnessing an increase in racist incidents and speech targeting Muslims across Europe”, Michael Privot said.
The incident is being investigated as a terrorist attack and has been referred to as such by UK Prime Minister Theresa May.
In March, a man plowed a rented SUV into pedestrians on Westminster Bridge, killing four people before stabbing a police officer outside Parliament.
“All my thoughts are with those who have been injured, their loved ones, and the emergency services on the scene”, she said.
Manchester was also hit on May 22 when a suicide bomber killed 22 people at an Ariana Grande concert.