Published: Tue, June 20, 2017
Global Media | By Meredith Barber

Man arrested for attempted murder over Finsbury Park terror attack


Police are treating the incident as a terrorist attack. "Police declared it a terrorist incident within eight minutes", she said in an attempt to counter some criticism over the delay in classifying the incident as a terrorist attack.

Sadiq Khan, London's mayor, ensured that the situation is being thoroughly investigated.

"There will also be increased patrols and engagement at prayer time during this final week of Ramadan".

A Scotland Yard spokesman said: "We continue to review security across London, with a focus on all places of worship including mosques and Muslim community centres".

Spicer said Trump "has been made aware" of the attack in London and "is receiving consistent updates from his staff".

Neighbour Khadijeh Sherizi said: "I saw him on the news and I thought "oh my God" that is my neighbour".

"He was saying "I wanna kill more people, I wanna kill more Muslims", Aidroos told BBC TV.

As details emerged of the attack in North London, Theresa May also responded.

Harun Khan, secretary general of the Muslim Council of Britain said over the past weeks and months, Muslims had endured many incidents of "Islamophobia" and today's incident is the "most violent" manifestation to date.

Meanwhile, an imam at the mosque has described how he had to step in to stop the suspect being attacked by an angry crowd immediately after the attack.

"There has been an outpouring of sympathy for all the recent terror attacks but hardly a whisper on this attack", he said.

"We are conscious there are a number of events planned across London and the rest of the United Kingdom and we continue to ensure that security plans are robust by working in partnership with all event organisers".

May later paid a visit to Finsbury Park mosque, close to the scene of the attack, where she reiterated that "there has been far too much tolerance of extremism over many years". It has not been associated with radical views for more than a decade. "These are the values that define this city", she said later outside Downing Street.

Condemning the incident, Prime Minister Theresa May said: "This is a bad incident", adding, "All my thoughts are with those who have been injured, their loved ones, and the emergency services on the scene".

Britain's terror alert level is at "severe", meaning security officials believe an attack is highly likely.

One elderly man, who had collapsed moments before the van appeared, was pronounced dead at the scene, although police have not yet confirmed whether he died as a result of the attack. In March, a man plowed a rented SUV into pedestrians on London's Westminster Bridge, killing four people before stabbing a police officer to death outside Parliament.

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