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इंडियन आवाज़     23 Jul 2017 06:22:06      انڈین آواز

London mosque attack: British PM says incident being treated as terror attack

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British Prime Minister Theresa May has said that police has confirmed that it is treating the north London mosque incident as a potential terrorist attack.

One person was killed and eight others wounded after a van struck a crowd of pedestrians near Finsbury Park Mosque.

London Metropolitan Police said the van mounted the pavement and struck a group of people just after midnight. It said one man was pronounced dead at the scene and eight people injured were taken to hospitals.

It has arrested a 48-year-old van driver from the scene. Police said the Muslim Council of Britain said a van intentionally ran over worshippers. The investigation into the matter will be conducted by counter-terrorism command.

The incident comes just over two weeks after three militants drove into pedestrians on London Bridge and stabbed people at nearby restaurants and bars, killing eight people. The Leader of the Opposition Labour Party, Jeremy Corbyn, said he was shocked at the incident.

Mayor of London, Sadiq Khan, said extra police had been deployed to reassure communities, especially those observing Ramazan. He described the attack as an assault on all shared values of tolerance, freedom and respect.

Finsbury Park Mosque

A man has died and 10 people have been injured after a man drove a van into worshippers near a north London mosque.
The van struck people after mounting the pavement just after midnight BST outside Muslim Welfare House, near Finsbury Park Mosque. A 48-year-old man has been arrested.

UK Home Secretary Amber Rudd said police were treating it as a “terrorist incident”. Eyewitness Abdul Rahman said the driver said he wanted to “kill all Muslims”.

Mr Rahman told the BBC he struck the man and helped subdue him.

“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.’

“I hit him on his stomach… and then me and the other guys… we held him to the ground until he couldn’t move. We stopped him until the police came.”

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