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Police Scotland steps up security at mosques after terror attack

Armed police are being deployed amid heightened security at Scotland s mosques after a terror attack on worshippers in London. Darren Osborne, 47, has been arrested on suspicion of murder and attempted murder1 after a van was driven into pedestrians near Finsbury Park Mosque in the early hours of Monday morning. Police Scotland said it would have an increased presence at the country s 84 mosques to provide reassurance to local communities. One man died in London following the attack on those leaving evening prayers after breaking the Ramadan fast. Witnesses described hearing the man, who was detained by members of the public at the scene, shout: I m going to kill Muslims. Police confirmed searches were being carried out at a residential address in the Welsh capital. Deputy Assistant Commissioner Neil Basu, of the Metropolitan Police, said: Our thoughts are with all those affected by the incident at Seven Sisters Road and their families, friends and communities.

This is being treated as a terrorist incident and is being investigated by the counter terrorism command. The investigation is ongoing and we are working fast to know the full details of how and why this took place. All the victims were from the Muslim community and we will be deploying extra police patrols to reassure the public, especially those observing Ramadan.

Earlier in the day, security minister Ben Wallace confirmed the attacker was not known to the intelligence services. He said: What I can say on this case is this individual, so far as we know at the moment, was not known to us, but we are aware of a rise in the far right. The attacker, who is believed to have acted alone, struck as the area was busy with worshippers attending Ramadan night prayers at the mosque. Prime Minister Theresa May condemned the incident as every bit as sickening as the recent atrocities in London and Manchester. After meeting faith leaders at Finsbury Park Mosque, she said: The terrible terrorist attack which took place last night was an evil borne out of hatred and it has devastated a community. I am pleased to have been here today to see the strength of that community coming together, all faiths united in one desire to see extremism and hatred of all sorts driven out of our society.

There is no place for this hatred in our country today and we need to work together as one society, one community, to drive it out, this evil which is affecting so many families. Police and community leaders have praised those who restrained the van driver and stopped others from attacking him before police arrived. Imam Mohammed Mahmoud was hailed for his efforts to calm the chaotic situation in the aftermath of the attack and was said to have used his body to shield the suspected terrorist from the fury of onlookers. Witnesses said the suspect was smiling and waving as he brought carnage to Seven Sisters Road, with video posted online showing him give a nonchalant wave as police put him in the back of their vehicle. Other footage showed a scene of chaos as people could be heard shouting and screaming amid the chaos, with bloodstains visible on the pavement. One witness described being surrounded by bodies in the wake of the incident outside the nearby Muslim Welfare House.

Another witness, who wanted to be identified as Abdulrahman, which is not his real name, said: I managed to get the driver of the van. He wanted to run away and was saying I want to kill Muslims. So he came back to the main road and I managed to get him to the ground and me and some other guys managed to hold him until the police arrived. Abdulrahman claimed the driver said Kill me , as he was being held on the ground. He is also alleged to have told the injured: You deserve it. Officers were in the immediate vicinity as the attack unfolded and responded within one minute. Police declared it a terrorist incident within eight minutes. After chairing a meeting of the Government s Cobra emergencies committee earlier, Mrs May said the attack 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. We will stop at nothing to defeat it, she added.

Eight people were taken to hospital, with one since discharged, while two others were treated at the scene. All of the casualties were Muslims. Police said it was too early to say if the man who died did so directly because of the attack, as he was already receiving first aid from the public at the scene when it happened. Images of the van used in the attack showed it was rented from Pontyclun Van Hire in Pontyclun, near Cardiff. South Wales Police are working with officers from London on the investigation. Communities and Local Government Secretary Sajid Javid also visited the scene and said he will seek advice from the local community as to what measures the authorities can take to give Muslims across the country maximum reassurance that they are being protected.

The perpetrator of this attack – and those terrible attacks that we saw recently in Manchester and London – their intention is to seek to divide society . My message to them is that they will always, always fail, he said. Flowers have been laid near the scene, with one card reading: This is an attack on all Londoners – and on my community. In a statement, the Muslim Council of Scotland condemned the attack in the strongest possible terms . It said: This attack was aimed directly at the vibrant Muslim community during the month of Ramadan at a time when many families would have been returning home after night time prayers. Our thoughts and prayers are with the victims, the injured and anyone affected by this tragedy .

Our heart goes out to the people of London who have been through so much in the last few months and are still waiting for news on many friends and family in the Grenfell Tower tragedy. This attack goes to show how hate and terrorism has no religion or face . The motive of these people is to spread division .

Together, as a united community, we can defeat those who seek to divide us. Assistant Chief Constable Nelson Telfer, of Police Scotland, said: There is no specific threat to Scotland, however, Police Scotland is increasing armed patrols in response to the attack in London. We continue to engage with all communities providing reassurance and appropriate support.

Communities absolutely do defeat terrorism: if you see or hear something that could be terrorist related, act on your instincts and call the police on 101 or, in emergency 999, or in confidence on 0800 789 321.

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Former BRPD Chief discusses legislative security

BATON ROUGE, LA (LOCAL33) (FOX44) – Former Police Chief Pat Englade is speaking out after learning Congressman Steve Scalise was struck by a bullet this morning in Virginia. Englade also talks about security presence for our state legislators. According to Englade, what happened to Congressman Steve Scalise has become a norm.

“It’s almost becoming a daily thing now,” he said. “If it’s not one mass shooting, it’s another. Englade says there is no solution to this ongoing problem even though Baton Rouge’s legislators have heavy security presence. “We need to certainly be more aware of (our) surroundings,” he said. “I know that is a known cliche that the police say all the time.”

He later referenced the deadly ambush on local law enforcement last summer. “We just lived through last year; one of the most horrific year in Baton Rouge,” he said. “Someone called in and said a man was walking with a rifle on Airline Highway and of course that spurred a lot of police reaction.” In Baton Rouge, the state police protect our local legislators and former law enforcement officials are assigned to ensure state representatives and senators remain safe. Governor John Bel Edwards is currently protected by state troopers . According to Englade, two sets of security protect the House of Representatives and Senate. Englade doesn’t see any solution to gun violence in Baton Rouge anytime soon.

“Theres not a thing an average person can do,” he said. “They call the police . They (are) attentive and we let the police do what they are paid to do .

There is not an answer to this unfortunately.”

Increased security in place for Scotland vs England game

Security: Police presence at Glasgow Central has been increased. STV

There will be an increased police presence in Glasgow on Saturday ahead of the Scotland vs England World Cup qualifier. An increased police presence is expected at the game to support the large numbers of fans and armed police will also be on duty. Outer cordons will be in place around the stadium to ensure only ticket holders are in the area.

Bag and body searches will also be in place for those attending the game. The Scottish Football Association (SFA) has spoken with counterparts at the FA and Police Scotland and gates at the ground are expected to be open at 3pm to allow fans entry before the 5pm kick-off. A request has also been made to Uefa for a minute’s silence to be held before the start of the match in memory of the victims of the Manchester and London Bridge attacks. Assistant Chief Constable Bernard Higgins of Police Scotland said: “Understandably, since the tragic events in London and Manchester, people are more aware of the current threat to the UK from terrorism. “There is no intelligence to suggest that Scotland or indeed this football match or any other event is a target but we have reviewed all forthcoming events to ensure our policing plans are robust.” Free buses are being laid on for fans from Glasgow city centre to the stadium before and after the match. Fans will be kept segregated on public transport with Scotland fans asked to use trains to Mount Florida station before and after the game. England supporters, meanwhile, will be asked to use King’s Park station. The SFA say supporters should expect to be searched at the outer cordons around the ground.

Additional bag searches will also be carried out at the turnstiles. A spokesman said: “Fans are reminded that the match is sold out and are therefore encouraged to arrive early to ensure that they are in their seats for kick-off.”

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