March 20, 2018

Tributes to Victims of London Mosque Attack

20 June 2017, 04:29 | Darnell Patrick

One man died and 10 people were injured after a van was rammed into a crowd of worshippers near a mosque in north London, in the latest terror attack to hit the United Kingdom this year.

Flowers were left at the scene where hours earlier the 47-year-old van driver was pinned down by locals and shielded from violence by an imam, before being detained by police.

Father-of-four Darren Osborne was held after a van hit Muslims after evening prayers in Finsbury Park. On Ramadan holiday the mosque was especially busy and onlookers said many more could have been killed or injured. He later died at the scene, though it is not yet clear whether his death was directly linked to the attack, said Neil Basu, the police senior national counter-terror coordinator. "I saw everything. People were badly injured".

Osborne tried to goad the worshippers, saying repeatedly, "Kill me, Kill me".

The incident is being treated as a terror attack. Two were in a very serious condition, police said. "There has been one person arrested", who authorities believe was the driver, police said.

"Immediately after the attack people were calm and they were praying for the victims of the attack".

"Hatred and evil of this kind will never succeed", she said. I will chair an emergency meeting later this morning. People from across the community had gathered in solidarity and to lay flowers.

This was buttressed with her repeating the need to stamp out "extremist ideology" by denying it "safe spaces".

Stirring tension plays an important part in Islamic State and al-Qaida propaganda, as well as propaganda by right-leaning political groups. "He did what he did deliberately to hit and kill as many Muslims as possible, so he is a terrorist".

"This is every mother's worst nightmare", she said.

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The incident comes at a time when emotions are high in England, where there have been several recent terrorist attacks. Many had been reported repeatedly as potential terror threats and were under surveillance. The suspect was arrested on terrorism charges as well as attempted murder.

Butt had appeared on a Channel 4 TV documentary, "The Jihadis Next Door", in which he threatened police and posed with an ISIS flag. Last year, almost 100 mosques were attacked in Germany and dozens across Europe have been targeted by arsonists this year.

Its former imam, Abu Hamza, was jailed for life in NY on terrorism charges in 2015. Its columnist Katie Hopkins went further.

She added: "Everybody was clamoring around and shouting at the man". Demand action. Do not carry on as normal. "We must do the same to those who peddle Islamophobia".

Labour leader and Islington North MP Jeremy Corbyn also visited the area, telling the BBC that "an attack on a mosque, an attack on a synagogue, an attack on a church is actually an attack on all of us".

Britain's terrorist alert is set at "severe", meaning an attack is highly likely, Sky News reported. Khan denounced "terrorism, whether it's Islamist-inspired or inspired by others".

Scotland Yard said detectives now believe the attacker "acted alone but we are of course investigating all the circumstances leading up to the attack". "We have to all reach out and feel their pain and their stress".

The attack occurred outside the Muslim Welfare House, a mosque with about 200 congregants. Throughout the campaign, politicians competed to whip up anti-migrant and anti-Muslim sentiment. Upon being restrained by locals, witnesses claimed he shouted about killing Muslims.

According to the Metropolitan Police, there was no immediate evidence that Osborne was an active member of a far right organisation. He was found guilty and sentenced to life imprisonment for murder.

Police said they were first called shortly after midnight.

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