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Egypt denounces London mosque attack, warns of Islamophobia

20 June 2017

A van ploughed into worshippers leaving a London mosque on Monday, killing at least one person and injuring 10 others in what witnesses said was a deliberate attack on Muslims.

Prime Minister Theresa May on Monday called the incident that took place near the Finsbury Park Mosque on Seven Sisters Road just after midnight Sunday a "terror attack" and "every bit as sickening" as recent attacks to hit the UK.

Witness Abdul Rahman, who told the BBC he struck the driver and helped subdue him, also claimed the man had said he wanted to "kill all Muslims".

GRANT STINCHFIELD (HOST): I was going to first ask you about the maybe attack in London, where again we had a van drive through folks it appears, in front of a mosque.

Security Minister Ben Wallace confirmed the suspect was not known to the security services.

The incident occurred at 12:20 a.m. June 19.

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But Kacimi said there was no need for the community to panic, because police and government officials have been "very, very supportive".

Tragically, one person died at the scene yesterday, eight people have been taken to hospital with injuries and two others were treated for their injuries at the scene.

"Inquiries are continuing to establish whether there is any link between his death and the attack", police said. The city brimmed with questions as to who was behind the attack, who had been apprehended and what their motives were. "There is far more that unites us than divides us", he added.

May chaired an emergency response meeting Monday morning.

The Department of Homeland Security (DHS) has responded to the attack and said the Secretary of Homeland Security, John Francis Kelly, has been briefed. "My thoughts are with those and the community affected by this bad event". Despite continued criticism of innocent Muslims after recent terror attacks, they have rightly denounced the perpetrators who attempt to identify with their religion.

The chaos outside the Muslim Welfare House in Finsbury Park follows three Islamist-inspired attacks over the past three months that have triggered a surge in hate crimes around Britain. So he was specifically out after Muslims, not after British citizens, per say.

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This morning's attack is believed to be the third act of terrorism in the capital in 2017.

It has been an extremely hard few months for our city and for all Londoners.

"Al-Azhar affirms its total rejection of this terrorist, racist, sinful act, calling on Western countries to take all precautionary measures to curb the phenomenon of Islamophobia", the institution said in a statement.

He said the driver had run out of the van but a group of people caught him and held him until police arrived. "Since then we've worked tirelessly to open our centre, our mosque, our activities to the public", Khalid Oumar, one of the mosque trustees, had said.

"There was this white van stopped outside Finsbury Park mosque that seemed to have hit people who were coming out after prayers had finished".

Mohammed Kozbar said the Muslim community is "in shock".

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Monday's attack is the latest in a series of recent terrorist attacks in United Kingdom.