Tragedy strikes again for London. Around 12:20 am Monday morning a man driving a white van plowed into a crowd of Muslim worshippers killing one and injuring ten others. British officials are treating this as an act of anti-Muslim terrorism. The attack happened near a mosque at Finsbury Park just as Ramadan prayers were ending. Witnesses say the 48-year-old man yelled, “I want to kill all Muslims” and “I did my bit, you deserve it.” after crashing into the crowd.
The group was just outside the Muslim Welfare House, and the van may have killed an elderly man who had previously collapsed at the nearby bus stop from a medical condition. The group of bystanders was attending to him when the attack happened. According to witnesses after the attack, the man tried to flee on foot but was apprehended by bystanders and kept him in custody until police arrived. The Daily Mail described the scene as thus:
The unnamed man – who was clean-shaven with curly hair and wore a white t-shirt – suffered cuts to his face and hands and was filmed repeatedly shouting ‘kill me’ to the men who grabbed him.
After his arrest the terror suspect continued to goad the crowds that witnessed the attack by smiling, waving and even blowing kisses at them.
Witnesses said he ‘deliberately’ drove onto the pavement outside north London’s Muslim Welfare House – yards from the Finsbury Park Mosque – and jumped out of the cab shouting ‘I’m going to kill all Muslims – I did my bit’.
Toufik Kacimi, CEO of Muslim Welfare House, said that one Imam prevented the crowd from attacking and killing the attacker after he begged for them to kill him when he was subdued.
Below is video of the terror suspect being subdued by the crowd (warning, this video is graphic)
London Mayor Sadiq Khan declared it as a “horrific terror attack. Khan is the first Muslim Mayor of any major Western city. British Prime Minister Theresa May said the attack was “every bit as sickening” as any Islamic attack on the city thus far:
“Today we come together, as we have done before, to condemn this act and to state once again that hatred and evil of this kind will never succeed,” said May. The attack on Muslims was “every bit as insidious and destructive to our values and our way of life” as the jihadist attacks, she said. Such acts of violence, she said, seek to “drive us apart” and “break the precious bonds of solidarity and citizenship that we share in this country. We will not let this happen.”
This attack comes just one week after the terror attack on the London Bridge. There have been four terrorist attacks in London since March: one in Manchester and three in London, claiming 36 lives thus far.
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