One dead, 10 injured in London mosque incident

One dead, 10 injured in London mosque incident

A man rammed a van into worshippers coming out of a mosque in north London after special Ramzan prayers on Monday, killing one person and injuring ten others in what British Prime Minister Theresa May described as a "sickening" terrorist attack on Muslims.

Witnesses said the white van drove at high speed down Seven Sisters Rd in Finsbury Park, which has a large Muslim population, shortly after the end of Ramadan evening prayers, known as taraweeh. The van reportedly came down the street, mounted the curb and drove into the crowd, according to the BBC.

Jordan on Monday condemned the terror attack that took place in London where a man died and others were injured, the Jordan News Agency, Petra, reported.

"The attack unfolded whilst a man was receiving first aid from the public at the scene", Basu said.

Witnesses described hearing the van driver shout: "I'm going to kill Muslims" and "I've done my bit".

British Home Secretary Amber Rudd said police "immediately" treated the incident as a suspected terrorist attack.

Police said a suspect was quickly and calmly turned over to the police, and that no one else was found in the van.

Some members of the community suggested in the aftermath of Monday's Finsbury Park attack - which left one man dead and 10 injured - that it was not handled the same way as the attacks on London Bridge and Westminster attacks earlier this year.

But Kacimi said there was no need for the community to panic, because police and government officials have been "very, very supportive".

Counter-terrorism police were called out to investigate the incident, which occurred in London's Finsbury Park neighborhood just after midnight.

After the London Bridge attack, city mayor Sadiq Khan's office reported a 40-percent increase in racist incidents in the capital and a fivefold increase in anti-Muslim incidents. Police shot and killed the three men who carried out the attack.

British security officials, speaking on condition of anonymity in line with official policy, said hate crimes directed at Muslims have increased almost five-fold in the wake of several attacks in Britain.

The media was also criticized for being slow to call the incident a terror attack.

"I want to reassure everyone across the county that you will continue to see a visible police presence with particular attention given to mosques. I don't think people understand how much these attacks affect all of us".

Britain has been hit by a series of attacks in recent months, including a van-and-knife attack on London Bridge and a nearby market on June 3 that killed eight people and injured dozens.

Police have confirmed they are carrying out a search at "residential address in the Cardiff area".

On May 22, a suicide attack killed 22 people and injured almost 60 after an Ariana Grande concert in Manchester.

"We treat this as a terrorist attack and we in the Met are as shocked as anybody in this local community or across the country at what has happened".



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