NRATV calls London attack on Muslims a "maybe attack"

"It was a van that mounted the pavement as men and women were leaving the mosque to go home to their families and friends and their loved ones", Jackson said. Officials did not say how many victims there are. "At this early stage of investigation, no other suspects at the scene have been identified or reported to police, however the investigation continues", said Basu, London s senior counter- terrorism coordinator.

A man ploughed his vehicle into a crowd of worshippers outside a north London mosque in the early hours of Monday.

"All the victims were from the Muslim community and we will be deploying extra police patrols to reassure the public, especially those observing Ramadan".

There has been a reported surge in hate crime against Muslims in Britain following the London attacks carried out by Islamist extremists and a suicide bombing at an Ariana Grande concert at Manchester Arena on May 22 that killed 22 people, nearly half of whom were aged under 20.

Witness Hussain Ali added the suspect was smiling and waving as he brought carnage to Seven Sisters Road in Finsbury Park, north London.

The Metropolitan Police said they "responded instantly " and armed officers were on the scene within ten minutes.

Monday's attack is the fourth terror attack in the United Kingdom in four months, after incidents in Westminster, Manchester and on London Bridge. Check back for updates.

The attack on Monday hits a community already feeling targeted in the fallout from the London Bridge killings and other attacks blamed on Islamic extremists.

British security officials, speaking on condition of anonymity in line with official policy, said hate crimes directed at Muslims have increased almost five-fold in the wake of several attacks in Britain.


He said in a statement, "By God's grace we managed to surround him and protect him from any harm". However, the mosque was shut down and reorganized and has not been associated with radical views for more than a decade.

He said, as some locals treated the injured, others tried to punch and kick the attacker.

She added that the attack had "once again targeted the ordinary and the innocent going about their daily lives - this time, British Muslims as they left a mosque, having broken their fast and prayed together at this sacred time of year. He would've died because so many people were punching him", an eyewitness who gave his name as Abdul told The Independent.

The Muslim Council of Britain called the incident a "terror attack" and the "most violent manifestation" of Islamophobia. Bystanders detained him and handed him over to the police when they arrived at the scene. But in retaliation for the recent attacks in London. Five people were killed in that attack.

Suspect appeared to blow a kiss at onlookers after being put in a police van following the incident.

Mrs May was outside Downing Street after chairing a meeting of the government's emergency Cobra committee. The Finsbury Park Mosque, which was rendered notorious during the 1990s by the preaching of extremist Abu Hamza, has worked hard to divorce itself from the extremism of the past.

Residents near Cardiff said they were "shocked" after seeing photographs of their neighbour arrested in London.

On May 22, a suicide attack killed 22 people and injured almost 60 after an Ariana Grande concert in Manchester.

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