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London mosque attack leaves one dead and several injured

A spike in hate crimes has been reported since the attack in south London two weeks ago.

According to Reuters, British Prime Minister Theresa May said the incident was being treated as a potential terrorist attack.

The Finsbury Park Mosque gained notoriety more than a decade ago for sermons by radical cleric Abu Hamza al-Masri, who was sentenced to life in a US prison in January 2015 for his conviction on terrorism-related charges.

Details about the assailant were sketchy, but the assault - the most dramatic against Muslims in London in recent years - suggested a new, unsafe level of polarization in British society.

There are fears more Muslims could be the targets of attacks, after a van ploughed through worshipers outside a London mosque. "And like all terrorism, in whatever form, it shares the same fundamental goal. We will not let this happen".

Mayor Khan called it a "deliberate" and "horrific terrorist attack" on "innocent Londoners". A suicide bombing at a pop concert in Manchester, northern England, in May also killed 22 people, 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. "We treat this as a terrorist attack".

London Mayor Sadiq Khan has called on her to reverse planned police spending cuts.

"At that moment in time, basically a van swerved into them deliberately", he said, citing a witness at the scene.

In a statement, the police say they were called to the Seven Sisters Road by reports of collision with pedestrians.

Former friends of the alleged attacker said he grew up in Weston-super-Mare before moving to Wales with his partner and children.

"By God's grace, we were able to protect him from harm", the imam said.

"He was shouting: "I want to kill all Muslims", another witness, Khalid Amin, told BBC television.
"This person was conscious".

"Every mainstream scholar, every Muslim, has denounced ISIS and their practices, but I think their voice is not louder than the actions which are happening in the media coverage of terrorism", explained Zaidi. Police believe the rampage is inspired by Muslim extremist ideology.

"The Imam Mohammed did a really good job in calming things down", he said.

Monday's attack hit a community already feeling targeted from the fallout from three previous attacks in as many months, all blamed on Islamic extremists.

The Muslim Council of Britain umbrella group said it expected increased security "as a matter of urgency". The driver, a 47-year-old white man, was grabbed at the scene by locals and pinned down until police arrived.

"There has been an outpouring of sympathy for all the recent terror attacks but hardly a whisper on this attack", he said. Parents are scared to send their children to evening prayers. "We at the research institute at Think For Actions felt that there's a real need to understand where's the communication gap".

Video filmed immediately after the attack showed a Caucasian man being detained by police. She said: "It's a awful, bad shock". "These are the values that define this country".

A witness who lives opposite the scene of the incident told the BBC a white van stopped near the Finsbury Park Mosque, as Muslims celebrated Ramadan in the multiethnic area.

Later, she visited Finsbury Park Mosque and met people from a variety of faiths. However, the mosque was shut down and reorganized and has not been associated with radical views for more than a decade.

Police said they had deployed extra policing resources "to reassure communities, especially those observing Ramadan".

It was the fourth terror strike in a tumultuous four months in Britain. She has also been criticised for her response to a fire in a London tower block last Wednesday which killed at least 79 people. He was also killed by police. Five people were killed in that attack.



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