London mayor on attack against Muslims: 'Terrorism is terrorism'

London attack Van in Finsbury Park

GETTYA van drove into pedestrians in Finsbury Park London

When several angry witnesses attempted to beat up the 47-year-old attacker who plowed his vehicle into a group of worshipers outside the Finsbury Park Mosque, an imam stepped in to prevent the man from being harmed, shouting, "No one touch him - no one!"

"Together with people all over this country, I am appalled at the deliberate attack on people leaving their late-night prayers, as the end of their day of fasting, at the mosque in Finsbury Park", said Cardinal Nichols in a June 19 statement.

Ten people were injured and police are investigating whether a man who died while being given first aid at the scene died from the attack or something else.

Police said they were not looking for any more suspects after the arrest of the van's driver. Some bystanders told reporters that he said "Kill all Muslims" and "I did it" following the attack. "There were at least 300 people in the mosque praying, and everyone was panicking, everyone was screaming". Mahmoud begged police to take the attacker to safety.

The London Ambulance Service said it had taken eight people to hospital, while two were treated at the scene.

"An attack on one community is an attack on all of us", Police Commissioner Cressida Dick said. According to the Muslim Council of Britain and eyewitnesses, many of those injured were worshippers leaving the mosque.

Finsbury Park map
EXPRESSFinsbury Park is an area of north London

The 48-year-old suspect had been surrounded by an angry crowd that is believed to have pulled him from the van used in the attack. Three Muslim extremists who carried out the attack were killed by police.

Britain, especially London, has been on edge over several recent incidents, including last month's terror bombing in Manchester and the recent vehicle attack and stabbing near London Bridge.

STINCHFIELD: Alright, so we see an escalating number of attacks, as that is still under investigation.

Mohammed Kozbar, chairman of the Finsbury Park mosque, described it as a "cowardly attack which is no different from the attacks in Manchester or London", referring to the suicide bombing in Manchester in northwest England on May 22, which left 22 people dead. Then we managed to get him on the floor, and he was saying: "oh kill me, kill me". It has not been associated with radical views for more than a decade.

May chaired an emergency response meeting Monday morning. She said her thoughts were with the injured, their loved ones and emergency officials who responded to the incident.

He said there had been a spike in Islamophobic hate crimes since the London Bridge terrorist attack. Five people were killed in that attack.

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