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Finsbury Park 'deliberate attack' condemned as 'senseless and evil'

19 June 2017

He wanted to run away and was saying, "I want to kill Muslims".

Another eye witness, Ratip Alsulaimen, said: "I was sitting in the coffee shop just a couple of minutes away".

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Police said another man died at the scene, although he was receiving first aid at the time and it wasn't clear if he died as a result of the attack or of something else.

Her widower, Brendan Cox, told Today that while some people had been moved to hatred by "bits of the extremist Islamist community", other people were drumming up hatred of Muslims.

Counter-terrorism coordinator Neil Basu said the attack had "all the hallmarks of a terrorism incident". "All my thoughts are with the victims, their families and the emergency services on the scene".

In a statement Monday, London Mayor Sadiq Khan called the incident a "horrific terror attack".

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The Finsbury Park mosque in north London said the van "deliberately mowed down Muslim men and women leaving late evening prayers" at the mosque and the nearby Muslim Welfare House shortly after midnight.

Vehicles have also been also used to attack the public on London's Westminster Bridge, in Nice, France, and in Berlin.

The driver of the van - a white man aged 48 - was bravely detained by members of the public at the scene and then arrested by police. He was to receive a "mental health assessment in due course".

Mr Khan announced extra police would be deployed to reassure communities, especially those observing Ramadan.

A leader of the Muslim Council of Britain called for extra security at mosques after the incident.

Cmsr: "There is now an ongoing investigation by our Counter Terrorism Command to establish why this attack was carried out."

Praising the people who apprehended the attacker at Finsbury Park before police arrived, as well as those who tried to fight off the attackers at London Bridge and the community spirit in the wake of the Grenfell Tower fire, May called London "an extraordinary city of extraordinary people".

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People came in who hadn't really come in before and our lovely welcome meet-and-greet people at the front were talking to other people as they were walking past to tell them what it was about. "He did not say anything".

This account is at odds with the Metropolitan Police's official statement on the incident.

On March 22, a man drove a rented vehicle into pedestrians on Westminster Bridge in London and stabbed a police officer guarding the British parliament to death before being shot dead. "This is a terrorist attack", said Abdul.

Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn was visibly distraught as he visited the scene of a terrorist attack in his own constituency today.

One person was killed and eight people were taken to hospital and two others were treated at the scene.

It also follows a suicide bombing at a pop concert in Manchester, northern England, in May which killed 22, while in March, a man drove a rented auto into pedestrians on Westminster Bridge in London and stabbed a policeman to death before being shot dead.

On March 22, a man drove a rented auto into pedestrians on Westminster Bridge in London and stabbed a policeman to death before being shot dead.

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Boubou Sougou, 23, was leaving the gym at Seven Sisters and Isledon roads when he saw people bleeding in the parking lot of the Finsbury Park Mosque.

Finsbury Park 'deliberate attack' condemned as 'senseless and evil'