Finsbury Park — London Mosque Attack: Imam ‘Protected Suspect From Angry Worshippers’

Police investigating incident as possible terror attack

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Vehicle Hits People Near London Mosque
A vehicle struck pedestrians near a mosque in north London early Monday; one person died and a number of injuries were reported. One person was arrested. Photo: Associated Press

Updated June 19, 2017 2:27 a.m. ET

LONDON—A vehicle rammed into a crowd outside a mosque in north London early Monday, killing one person and injuring at least 10 others, in what British authorities said was a potential terror attack.

A 48-year-old man was detained by members of the public at the scene and arrested, the Metropolitan Police said in a statement. He was transported to a hospital as a precaution and will be taken into custody once discharged, police said….

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London Mosque Attack: Imam ‘Protected Suspect From Angry Worshippers’
The man was pinned down until police arrived.
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19/06/2017 09:04

An imam has been praised for stopping angry worshippers from attacking a suspect in a terror attack which saw a van plough into people outside a mosque in North London.

One person was killed and 10 people injured in the incident, which took place as people left the Muslim Welfare House on Seven Sisters Road in Finsbury Park, after midnight prayers during Ramadan.

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A van at the scene in Finsbury Park, north London

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Police confirmed the 48-year-old driver of the van was detained by members of public at the scene before officers arrived.

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An imam is reported to have calmed furious worshippers and ensured that the suspect was not harmed.

Witness says the van driver said “I did my bit”, explains Toufik Kacimi CEO of @Mwh_london

“Imam saved Park attacker’s life from angry worshippers & detained him until he was arrested by police”, the centre’s CEO tells me

Toufik Kacimi, chief executive of the Muslim Welfare House, told Sky News: “People grabbed him outside and started hitting him.

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“Our imam, Mohammed Mahmoud, went there and saved him. He saved his life basically.

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“The imam of the mosque saved the life of the attacker.”

Those restraining the man were also praised for showing restraint.

Two Muslim men pin down terrorist who attacked worshipers leaving mosque using a van in area.

Look at how merciful these brothers are. Didn’t apply an ounce of force, more than what was required to restrain the TERRORIST. https://twitter.com/ilmfeed/status/876621721410908160 

The 48-year-old suspect was later arrested on suspicion of attempted murder.

Metropolitan Police deputy assistant commissioner Neil Basu thanked members of the public for restraining the suspect.

Various reports suggest the attacker shouted versions of wanting “to kill all Muslims” and that he “did my bit”.

One local resident told HuffPost UK: “One thing that is clear. This happened after night prayer that us Muslims pray during Ramadan. It was clearly an act that was planned and an act that was done with full intention.”

The investigation of the incident is being carried out by the Counter Terrorism Command and the Metropolitan Police said they were treating the incident as a

HuffPost UK’s Paco Anselmi was in Finsbury Park, and witnessed increasingly angry scenes as it took almost five hours to confirm it was investigating terror.

 The chairman of the mosque, Mohammed Kozbar, described the incident as a “cowardly attack” and said there were many injuries.

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However, it later emerged that the man who died had already been receiving first aid from members of the public and it is not yet known if his death was caused by the attack, according to the Metropolitan Police.

Read the latest updates on this story here.

 

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