London Mosque Attack: Imam 'Protected Suspect From Angry Worshippers'

One man has died and 10 others were injured when a van was rammed into worshippers in a terror attack near a London mosque, before the driver is said to have screamed: "I'm going to kill all Muslims".

British Prime Minister Theresa May said an emergency response meeting will be held today, according to the Telegraph. "All my thoughts are with those who have been injured, their loved ones, and the emergency services on the scene". Two others were treated for minor injuries.

Another eyewitness, who lives in a flat on the Seven Sisters Road, said the van seemed to have hit people who were coming out of the Finsbury Park mosque after prayers finished, the BBC reported.

He noted that the attack happened during Ramadan - a holy month on the Islamic calendar that is marked by prayer and fasting - and said the council "expects the authorities to increase security outside of mosques as a matter of urgency".

Abdulrahman claimed the driver said "Kill me", as he was being held on the ground.

HuffPost UK's Paco Anselmi was in Finsbury Park, and witnessed increasingly angry scenes as it took nearly five hours to confirm the police were investigating terror.

May attempted to counter that feeling in her speech, declaring that police arrived at the scene within one minute, and that a terror attack was declared in eight minutes.

- Deputy Assistant Commissioner Neil Basu, senior national coordinator for counter-terrorism policing, praised citizens who helped in the immediate aftermath of the attack: "Their restraint in the circumstances is commendable".

2017 has seen an unprecedented 34 people die, and 218 people injured in three separate attacks by Islamist extremists on British soil.

Manchester was also hit by a severe attack when a bomber killed more than 20 people at an Ariana Grande concert.

"- On its Twitter account, London's Metropolitan Police said "#SevenSisters Rd #Finsburypark incident - At this early stage there are no other suspects, however the investigation continues". But imam Mohammed Mahmoud stepped up and told the angry crowd to stop and to restrain the suspect until police arrived instead. "My friend said he said some words, but I didn't hear it", he said.

(AP Photo/Tim Ireland). A van is seen near Finsbury Park station after the vehicle struck pedestrians in north London, Monday June 19, 2017.

Muslim Council of Britain secretary general Harun Khan condemned the attack and also urged calm.

Finsbury Park, in the London Borough of Islington, is a bustling, diverse area of north London with a strong Muslim community.

Opposition Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn, the local MP for the area, said he would attend prayers later in the day at the mosque.

Mohammed Abdul said: "I saw something that was horrendous, something we should not see the in the 21st Century, something we should not see in the last 10 days of Ramadan". He complained that the "mainstream media" was unwilling to call the attack a terrorist incident for many hours.

Muslim communities have been calling for increased action to tackle the growth in hate crime for many years and transformative action must now be taken to tackle not only this incident but the hugely worrying growth in Islamophobia.

"We have been informed that a van has run over worshipers as they left #FinsburyPark Mosque", the Muslim Council of Britain tweeted early Monday.

Latest News