Published: Mon, June 19, 2017
Worldwide | By Gretchen Simon

Muslim Council calls for `urgent´ security at mosques after attack


A number of patients were also treated at the scene for minor injuries, the ambulance service said.

The Muslim Council of Britain said the vehicle hit people as they were leaving the Finsbury Park Mosque, one of Britain's largest. She told the BBC that the van seems to have hit people who were coming out of the Finsbury Park mosque after prayers finished. The driver of the van grabbed passers-by and handed him over to the police. "It appears from eyewitness accounts that the perpetrator was motivated by Islamophobia", he said.

One witness told CNN it was clear that the attacker at Finsbury Park had deliberately targeted Muslims.

The incident comes just two weeks after the London Bridge terror attack, where three radical Islamists used a hire van to mow people down before they stabbed people at nearby restaurants and bars.

A helicopter hovered overhead and several emergency vehicles blocked a section of Seven Sisters Road, a busy thoroughfare where the incident happened.

During the 2016 US presidential campaign, Labour Party leader Jeremy Corbyn invited Donald Trump to visit Finsbury Park Mosque to show him how "multicultural, multifaith" Britain "works". Police say a vehicle struck pedestrians on a road in north London, leaving several casualties and one person has been arrested. Muslims now are observing Ramadan, during which they fast from dawn to dusk and engage in intense prayer and feast at sundown.

Mr Corbyn added his thoughts were with the victims and their families, while Mrs May said it was a "terrible incident".

In 2015, the mosque was one of around 20 that took part in an open day organised by the MCB to promote better understanding of Islam following Islamist-inspired terrorist attacks in Paris. The statement from her office said her thoughts were with the injured, their loved ones and emergency services who responded to the scene.

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The council tweeted that its prayers were with the victims.

Some witnesses at the scene said more than one attacker may have been involved.

Video posted online of the aftermath of the attack showed a scene of chaos as people tried to help the injured.

The U.K. Muslim Council of Britain said they had been told worshippers were ran over as they left a local mosque.

Kevin Bate, Deputy Director of Operations said: "We were called at 12.15am to reports of a road traffic collision at Seven Sisters Road".

"While this appears to be an attack on a particular community, like the bad attacks in Manchester, Westminster and London Bridge it is also an assault on all our shared values of tolerance, freedom and respect".

"The gentleman went straight down this road, people were just conversing, talking, just doing what we're doing".

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