UK PM May says attack on Muslims near mosque is 'sickening'


A suspected terror attack on worshippers near a mosque was carried out just 48 hours after the community had gathered to remember MP Jo Cox.

At least one person was killed and 10 others were injured in the incident, which London Mayor Sadiq Khan called a "horrific terrorist attack".

London police are calling the city's most recent van slamming incident an act of terror after almost a dozen Muslim worshippers were run over in Finsbury Park Monday night.

An imam who protected the alleged Finsbury Park Mosque van driver from others attacking him has been praised.

The suspect, who was arrested on suspicion of attempted murder, waved to the crowd as he was led away.

He was taken to hospital as a precaution and will undergo a mental health assessment.

Police said the driver was detained by the crowd until police arrived.

- The Metropolitan police's Counter Terrorism Command forces are investigating the incident, which happened during Ramadan.

A van is seen near Finsbury Park station after the vehicle struck pedestrians in north London, Monday June 19, 2017.

Officers were in the immediate vicinity as the attack unfolded and responded within one minute.

The ministry's statement warned of Islamophobia as a threat to peaceful co-existence, calling on the worldwide community to stand firm against terrorism of all kinds.

Basu said one man was pronounced dead at the scene but it was too early to confirm whether he was killed as a result of the terror attack. Two of them are seriously injured.

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"It is particularly disconcerting as it seemed to be particularly targeted at worshippers just finishing their prayers during the holy month of Ramadan".

"The only way to deal with this kind of issue is communities coming together and this is a very multi-faith community - Christians, Jewish, Muslims, Hindu, Buddhist, all live around here".

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

Early Monday morning, he ran his auto into a crowd of people giving aid to an elderly worshiper who had collapsed outside the Finsbury Park Mosque, according to officials.

- Abu Hamza, who was the mosque's imam from 1997 to 2003, was later extradited to the United States, where he was convicted of supporting al Qaeda and Taliban terrorists, and sentenced to life in prison in 2015.

The British prime minister, Theresa May, said that she would lead an emergency meeting later Monday about the case.

The European Jewish Congress in a statement called the attack " unconscionable".

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.

The German government is also offering its condolences.

In the aftermath of the attack, some observers suggested that anti-Muslim screeds in the British tabloids and on social networks could have incited the attacker to violence.

The leader of Britain's opposition Labour Party, Jeremy Corbyn - in whose constituency the attack took place - said he was "totally shocked" by the attack.