London mosque attacker: 'I want to kill all Muslims'

     TACKLED Bystanders wrestled the suspect to the ground

The attack, in which an assailant seemed to have deliberately rammed his van into a crowd of Muslim worshippers near Finsbury Park Mosque in London shortly after midnight, is being treated as a terrorist incident, police said.

Police said eight people had been taken to three separate hospitals and two people were treated at the scene for minor injuries.

Police said the driver was arrested on suspicion of the commission, preparation or instigation of terrorism, including murder and attempted murder.

British Prime Minister Theresa May said police were investigating the incident as a terrorist attack. Before being raised and rebuilt with more moderate practicing and a new management staff, the mosque had been linked to extremist ideology for many years.

May condemned the assault as "sickening", saying Britain's determination to fight "terrorism, extremism and hatred... must be the same, whoever is responsible".

Britain has been hit by a series of attacks in recent months, including a van-and-knife attack on London Bridge and a nearby market on June 3 that killed eight people and injured dozens.

The Muslim Council said the van has "run over worshippers" leaving the Finsbury Park mosque.

"People feel unsafe because after the terrorist attacks of London, Manchester, the increase of Islamophobia and hate crimes", he added.

She later told reporters Monday, "The people in the Muslim community attending prayers will see their police protecting them in the coming days and nights".

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

She and other family members said they would not be issuing further statements at this time.

Police have not yet determined whether the fatality was a result of the van attack.

- The Archbishop of Canterbury, Justin Welby, said "the appalling attack on Muslims in Finsbury Park is an attack on us all and on the culture and values of our country".

Witness Hussain Ali, 28, told the Press Association that "the leader of the mosque said 'You do not touch him".

After the terrorist's van had stopped, he was pulled from the vehicle by an angry mob, but a Muslim imam, Mohammed Mahmoud, intervened and protected the suspect. The attack Monday hits a community already feeling targeted in the fallout from the London Bridge killings and other attacks blamed on Islamic extremists.

"It was an attack that once again targeted the ordinary and the innocent going about their daily lives - this time British Muslims as they left a mosque having broken their fast and prayed together at this sacred time of year", she said.

"He tried to kill a lot of people so obviously it's a militant attack".

On May 22, a suicide attack killed 22 people and injured almost 60 after an Ariana Grande concert in Manchester. An hour after police arrived, one resident wrote on Twitter that "agitated" bystanders were classifying the incident as terrorism and questioned the media response.

Met Police Commissioner Cressida Dick said the incident was "quite clearly an attack on Muslims", and there would be more police, including armed officers, in the area, "particularly around religious establishments".



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