London attacker on Muslims named by British media

London attacker on Muslims named by British media”

Monday morning, the Muslim Welfare House headlined its website with this message: "All of us at Muslim Welfare House sends our thoughts and prayers to the victims and those injured in the major incident at Finsbury Park".

The man was not named by police but local media reported he was a father of four who lived in Wales.

Police said they were first called shortly after midnight.

One elderly man, who had collapsed moments before the van appeared, was pronounced dead at the scene, although police have not yet confirmed whether he died as a result of the attack. Later she said the terror attack was every bit as sickening as recent ones to hit Britain.

White House Press Secretary Sean Spicer said the Trump administration has made clear that the United States is ready to offer any assistance the United Kingdom may need.

The use of a vehicle to mow down pedestrians drew horrifying parallels with this month's London Bridge attack, when three men drove a van into pedestrians before embarking on a stabbing spree, and with another auto and knife rampage near parliament in March.

It came at a tumultuous time for the government with Britain starting complex divorce talks with the European Union and May negotiating with a small Northern Irish party to stay in power after losing her parliamentary majority in a snap election that backfired.

London police chief Cressida Dick later said the incident was "quite clearly an attack on Muslims" and promised a stepped-up police presence near mosques as the holy month of Ramadan draws to a close.

"He was sitting and holding him like that, people kept holding him", Ali said.

"One guy caught the guy and brought him down", Bouhllissa told Reuters. "I am a Muslim".

Some pedestrians pushed the 47-year-old suspect to the ground, and Mahmoud, an imam from the Muslim Welfare House, jumped in and pleaded for calm.

He said: "By God's grace we managed to surround him and protect him from any harm".

"We stopped all forms of attack and abuse towards him that were coming from every angle".

The attacker, who is believed to have acted alone, struck as the area was busy with worshippers attending Ramadan night prayers at the mosque.

The terror probe led investigators to the Welsh capital Cardiff, where they searched a property said by media to be the home of Darren Osborne. "We are devastated for the families, our hearts go out to those who've been injured".

May chaired a meeting in London of the national emergency committee, known as Cobra, to discuss the latest incident. Five people were killed in that attack.

Two were in a very serious condition, police said. The previous attacks had been blamed on Islamist extremists.

London Mayor Sadiq Khan has called on her to reverse planned police spending cuts. The firm has said it was "shocked and saddened" at the tragedy.

London's Metropolitan Police said they would not name the suspect until he was charged.

There will be more uniformed officers at places of worship, including mosques and Muslim community centres, as police try to reassure local people.

Finsbury Park Mosque said it was a "callous terrorist attack" and noted it had occurred nearly exactly a year after a man obsessed with Nazis and extreme right-wing ideology murdered lawmaker Jo Cox, a former humanitarian aid worker.

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