Witnesses at the scene of a suspected deadly terrorist attack outside a London mosque described the horror they experienced as a van plowed into a group gathered outside after evening prayers, killing at least one and injuring 10.
The Finsbury Park terror attack suspect was filmed blowing a kiss at onlookers in chilling footage filmed after his arrest. I empathize with the victims.
The mosque is near Seven Sisters Road and was once a notorious hub for radical Islamists but has entirely changed under new management. Ten people have been injured, with eight sent to hospitals. The perpetrator's motive is still under investigation, however.
The suspect, described as a large white man, was arrested by police on suspicion of attempted murder.
Witnesses reported those nearby grabbed and pinned the driver down until police arrived.
The involved mosque released a statement saying that the community has been working for decades to create an atmosphere of peace and tolerance in Finsbury Park.
Moreover, extra United Kingdom police resources have been deployed to reassure communities following an attack near Finsbury Park mosque and police will assess security needs in mosques.
Ali Habib, a 23-year-old student, said residents are angry that the mosque attack hasn't been portrayed in the same light as the other attacks across the country.
"I will chair an emergency meeting later this morning".
Emergency services stand guard on Fonthill road near Finsbury Park station after a vehicle struck pedestrians in north London, Monday June 19, 2017. "I don't want to say what but it was but it was the sort of thing that made people want to punch him".
Notts Police and Crime Commissioner Paddy Tipping also expressed "concern" at what had happened but also urged communities to work together.
The apparent attack comes during the Muslim holy month of Ramadan and follows three terror incidents in Britain in as many months.
Britain's terrorist alert level is now at "severe", the second-highest level, meaning an attack is highly likely.