A deliberate attack on innocent Londoners

Finsbury Park.

One man was killed and another nine people are in hospital [after] a van drove into worshippers close to a mosque in north London.

The terror attack happened shortly before 00:20 BST on Monday, 19 June, when the vehicle mounted the pavement outside the Muslim Welfare House on Seven Sisters Road, near Finsbury Park Mosque.

A number of people on the street had just taken part in evening prayers after breaking the Ramadan fast.

A group were helping an elderly man who had fallen down in Whadcoat Street – a short road off Seven Sisters Road – as they waited for their next set of prayers.

It was then that a white van came down the street, mounted the pavement and drove into people.

The man who was driving the van was restrained by people at the scene.

An imam from Finsbury Park mosque then stopped some of the crowd from attacking the suspect.

Police arrived; more than 60 medical people arrived; Theresa May said the attack was “declared a terrorist incident within eight minutes” of the emergency call being received.

Police confirmed early on Monday that one person had died following the attack, but that person has not yet been named.

The man who died was the same person who had received first aid before the attack.

Police said they would investigate whether he died as a result of the attack or something else. Officers are trying to contact the next of kin.

He had fallen down on the street before the van crashed into people. Ramadan is hard on the body, especially when it happens during the summer solstice. I watched CNN last night at 4 to 4:30 London time and by 4:30 the sunlight was strong. That is one long day there.

A 48-year-old white man, who police said was the driver of the van, has been arrested on suspicion of attempted murder.

He was first detained by members of the public as they waited for police to arrive on the scene.

Eyewitness Abdul Rahman told the BBC: “When the guy came out from his van he wanted to escape, run away, and he was saying ‘I want to kill Muslims. ‘I want to kill Muslims.'”

Police said he was taken to hospital as a precaution. Security minister Ben Wallace said the man was not known to the police or security services, and it is thought he acted alone.

Last night CNN was saying two other men had run away, but apparently that’s no longer the police view.

Mayor of London Sadiq Khan promised additional policing to reassure communities, especially those observing Ramadan. He has also asked people to “remain calm and vigilant”.

“We don’t yet know the full details, but this was clearly a deliberate attack on innocent Londoners, many of whom were finishing prayers during the holy month of Ramadan,” he said.

“While this appears to be an attack on a particular community, like the terrible attacks in Manchester, Westminster and London Bridge, it is also an assault on all our shared values of tolerance, freedom and respect.”

Of course IS will be overjoyed by this – it’s exactly what they want – religious war. We oppose them not by defending one “community” while driving trucks into another, but by defending our shared values of tolerance, freedom and respect.

Has Donald Trump tweeted his compassion and support for the victims? No he has not.

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