UK moves to ease tensions after van attack on London Muslims


A van plowed into Muslim worshippers leaving evening prayers at a London mosque early Monday, just one of a string of attacks in Britain in recent weeks and years. Let there be no doubt we will be tough on terror wherever it strikes.

He was pronounced dead at the scene at 1:04am.

One man died and 10 people were injured after a white van ploughed into people gathered outside the Muslim Welfare House in Seven Sisters Road early on Monday.

"While this appears to be an attack on a particular community, like the bad attacks in Manchester, Westminster and London Bridge it is also an assault on all our shared values of tolerance, freedom and respect", he said.

Other witnesses told Sky television that the van had hit at least 10 people.

A witness told the BBC that the driver said, "I want to kill Muslims", as he tried to flee the scene.

Eight people were taken to hospital and two more were treated for minor injuries at the scene.

Mr Basu also thanked members of the public who detained the suspect, saying "their restraint in the circumstances was commendable".

"He has been taken to hospital as a precaution and will be taken into custody once discharged".

"The man in question is not known to any of us here in South Wales National Front, and to our knowledge is not and never has been a member", he said.

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Speaking this afternoon to London's Muslim community through The New Arab, the Imam called for Muslims neither to be scared nor fall prey to stereotyping.

"We stopped all forms of attack and abuse towards him that were coming every angle, and by coincidence while the people who were tending to the injured were calling emergency services, a police van drove past so we flagged them down", the imam told reporters afterwards.

A leader of the Muslim Council of Britain has called for extra security at mosques after a van struck worshippers leaving prayers at the Finsbury Park mosque.

Mrs May said there had been "far too much tolerance of extremism" - including Islamophobia - and that the Government was determined to stamp it out. The attack hits a community already feeling targeted in the fallout from the London Bridge killings and other attacks blamed on Islamic extremists.

Finsbury Park mosque was once infamous as the stamping ground of hook-handed hate preacher Abu Hamza. "I would urge everyone to remain calm and vigilant", Basu said.

Later in the morning a woman who gave her name as Allison and said she was a retired school teacher arrived with a homemade sign that read, "Leave our Muslim neighbors alone".

Details about the assailant were sketchy, but the assault - the most dramatic against Muslims in London in recent years - suggested a new, unsafe level of polarization in British society.

On May 22, a suicide bomber killed 22 people at a concert by American pop singer Ariana Grande in Manchester in northern England.

The neighborhood's reputation for religious extremism was acquired in the 1990s, after the Finsbury Park Mosque was opened to cater to a historically Irish neighborhood's booming Islamic community. Despite the change in leadership and the focus on bolstering inter-faith relations, the mosque reported it had received a string of threatening emails and letters in the wake of the Paris attacks. "This time next week we should be celebrating Eid".

Prime Minister Theresa May confirmed the incident was being treated as a potential terrorist attack. His Highness the Crown Prince Sheikh Nawaf Al-Ahmad Al-Jaber Al-Sabah and His Highness the Prime Minister Sheikh Jaber Al-Mubarak Al-Hamad Al-Sabah sent similar cables to Queen Elizabeth II and the British Prime Minister.