Finsbury Park attack: Theresa May announces review of security at mosques following latest terror assault
“Extra police resources have already been deployed to reassure communities, and the police will continue to assess the security needs of mosques, and provide any additional resources needed, especially during this final week before Eid al-Fitr, a particularly important time for the whole Muslim community,” Theresa May said in Downing Street. Ms May said the attack, at about 12.20am on Monday, targeted the “ordinary and innocent” and added: “Hatred and evil of this kind will never succeed.”
One man, who was reportedly already receiving first aid when the van struck, died at the scene and 10 other people were injured as Muslims were leaving Finsbury Park mosque after late-night prayers. A 48-year-old man has been arrested on suspicion of attempted murder, police said.
Officers were at the scene within a minute and the incident was declared terror-related within eight, according to the PM.
“We will stop at nothing to defeat” extremism, Ms May said outside Number 10 as she reaffirmed her plan to establish a commission for countering extremism, which she said had been given too much room to grow in the UK. The attack on Muslims was “every bit as insidious and destructive to our values and our way of life” as the recent string of terror attacks apparently motivated by Islamist extremism, she added. Police in London recorded a spike in the number of Islamophobic incidents in the wake of the London Bridge outrage earlier this month, with 20 recorded on 6 June, compared with a daily average of 3.5.
It was the highest daily tally for 2017, and also higher than the numbers registered after the Paris attacks in November 2015, and the murder of Lee Rigby in May 2013.
In a speech last week, a former police chief warned that anti-Muslim sentiment online has been “relentless” following the London Bridge attack on 3 June.
Mak Chishty, an ex-Metropolitan Police commander who had been the country’s most senior Muslim officer before his retirement, said: “The backlash has been something of a different scale.”
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Finsbury Park attack: Muslim Council demands extra security around mosques after one killed and 10 injured
The Muslim Council of Britain has called for extra security around mosques, describing the Finsbury Park van attack as “the most violent manifestation” of Islamophobia. The council’s secretary general Harun Khan said he expected authorities to step up security “as a matter of urgency”, adding many would feel “terrorised” following the incident outside the Muslim Welfare House in Seven Sisters Road.
One man was killed and 10 others injured when a van drove into worshippers1 who had just left the Finsbury Park mosque after prayers. Police are treating it as a potential terrorist attack . One white man, aged 48, was arrested by police.
Mr Khan said: “According to eyewitness accounts and videos taken after the incident, it appears that a white man in a van intentionally ploughed into a group of worshippers who were already tending to someone who had been taken ill.
“We do not know how many were injured or killed, but our prayers are with the victims and families. Treating the wounded: Paramedics and police at the scene of the crash in Finsbury Park (James Gourley/Rex Features)
“During the night, ordinary British citizens were set upon while they were going about their lives, completing their night worship . It appears from eyewitness accounts that the perpetrator was motivated by Islamophobia.
“Over the past weeks and months, Muslims have endured many incidents of Islamophobia and this is the most violent manifestation to date. A woman is helped away (James Gourley/Rex Features)
“Given we are approaching the end of the month of Ramadan and the celebration of Eid with many Muslims going to local mosques, we expect the authorities to increase security outside mosques as a matter of urgency.
“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.
“Many will feel terrorised, no doubt be angry and saddened by what has taken place tonight.
Man arrested as van hits mosque crowd
“We urge calm as the investigation establishes the full facts, and in these last days of Ramadan, pray for those affected and for justice.”
Mohammed Shafiq, of the Ramadhan Foundation, a Muslim organisation which speaks out against extremism, said: “I utterly condemn the senseless and evil van attack against Muslim worshippers outside the Finsbury Park Mosque in London.
“According to eyewitnesses this was a deliberate attack against innocent Muslims going about their life.
“We should make clear that if this attack is confirmed as a deliberate terrorist attack then this should be classed as an act of terrorism.
“The British Muslim community requires all decent people to stand with us against this evil violence.
“Rampant Islamaphobia has been on the rise for a number of years and those on the far right have perpetuated hatred against Muslims.
“They should be called out for their hatred.
“The days ahead will be difficult, but with unity and tolerance we will prevail .
We will not allow these far right extremists to divide our diverse communities.
“Enough is enough, my condolences and prayers for all the victims and their families .
They are in my prayers.”
Meanwhile, chairman of the mosque at Finsbury Park, Mohammed Kozbar, tweeted: “Our thoughts and prayers with those who got injured and effected by this cowardly attack in Finsbury Park area, many casualties in the floor.”
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