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Finsbury Park suspected terrorist attack- ‘An attack on London and all Londoners’

Met Police Deputy Assistant Commissioner Neil Basu. Image: Live BBC coverage. Public interest screen grab.

Police, fire and ambulance crews have been called to Seven Sisters Road in Finsbury Park after a van ploughed into worshippers leaving a mosque after midnight.

The person who died was receiving treatment after collapsing in the street when the attack took place.

Eight people have been taken to hospital for treatment; some with critical injuries.

Two other people were injured and treated at the scene.

The Prime Minister, Theresa May, said it was a sickening attempt to divide people.

She praised the bravery and restraint of the Muslim worshippers who detained the suspect.

She added:

…there has been far too much tolerance of extremism in our country over many years – and that means extremism of any kind, including Islamophobia.

 

The Met Police say all the victims are from the Muslim community

Many had been attending for the Islamic holy month of Ramadan.

This is how the incident has been reported by emergency services and media during the early hours of the morning.

Police are treating it as a potential terrorist attack, and a 48-year-old man has been arrested at the scene, after being detained by members of the public.

Several eyewitnesses, including those who detained the suspect, described the suspect shouting ‘kill all Muslims’ and telling the members of the public to ‘kill me.’

 

 

 

 

 

The attack has taken place in the constituency of Labour Party Leader Jeremy Corbyn who has released the following statement:

I am shocked by this horrific and cruel attack in Finsbury Park, which is being treated as an act of terror.

I offer my condolences to the family and friends of the man who has died, and our thoughts are with the people who have been injured, their family and friends.

As the local MP, I have met with Muslim community leaders at the Muslim Welfare House alongside Islington council leader Richard Watts, the council’s chief executive Lesley Seary and the Metropolitan police.

Richard and I will attend prayers at Finsbury Park mosque later today.

I appeal for people and the media to remain calm and respectful of those affected.

In the meantime, I call on everyone to stand together against those who seek to divide us.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Sadiq Khan, the Mayor of London

Islamophobic hate crime has been on the rise with there being a spike in reported occurances to 54 a day

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