London mosque attack 'sickening': UK PM


- The Prime Minister said police made a decision to treat the incident as a terror attack within eight minutes of receiving the first emergency call.

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".

Some locals came onto the street in support of the mosque on Monday, carrying signs saying "We love our mixed community" and "Leave our Muslim neighbours alone".

Usain Ali, 28, said he heard a bang and ran for his life.

When he woke at about 1 a.m.to the sound of a helicopter circling overhead, Hornak said, his first thought was another terrorist attack.

The van slammed into worshipers leaving the mosque after midnight Ramadan prayers, injuring nine people.

Witnesses on the scene, and numerous accounts on social media, said the pedestrians were hit outside the Finsbury Park Mosque or the nearby Muslim Welfare House, a community center.

Eleven people were injured in the attack, which took place early Monday near Finsbury Park mosque, north London, raising fears of retaliation against Muslims after recent assaults by Islamic extremists.

"I feel insecure, but one thing I'll never do is take off my hijab", she says.

BBC reported that the Finsbury Park attack is the fourth attack to have occurred in London in the course of three months, after the Westminster attack, Manchester attack and London Bridge attack.

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"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", Khan said. Bystanders detained him and handed him over to the police when they arrived at the scene.

He is being held for terrorism offences and attempted murder.

The Prime Minister has said security at mosques across Britain will be reviewed after a van was driven into a crowd of Muslim worshippers in the latest terror attack to hit Britain.

The World's Leo Hornak lives in the Finsbury Park area and says the mood in London is somber, nearly resigned.

"We all have harmony in this area, and these people try to divide us, but we tell them that we will not let you do that".

Iman Atta, director of Tell MAMA, said the group had distributed safety leaflets to mosques, calling for vigilance so that congregations stay safe.

"This was an attack on Muslims near their place of worship and like all terrorism in whatever form it shares the same fundamental goal". Mahmoud begged police to take the attacker to safety.

Interior Minister Gerard Collomb called it an "attempted attack" and said it "shows once again that the threat level in France is extremely high".

The terror probe led investigators to the Welsh capital Cardiff, where they searched a property said by media to be the home of Darren Osborne. Add to that the trauma from the Manchester attacks, it is not possible for people not to panic.

Earlier this month, three men drove a van into pedestrians on London Bridge, before attacking people with knives at the nearby Borough Market area.