London police plead for calm after attack at mosque

Senior national co-ordinator for counter terrorism Deputy Assistant Commissioner Neil Basu

Senior national co-ordinator for counter terrorism Deputy Assistant Commissioner Neil Basu

Assistant Chief Constable Nelson Telfer said: "There is no specific threat to Scotland, however, Police Scotland is increasing armed patrols in response to the attack in London".

"The van literally turned left with no indication, with no even, like suddenly, deliberately left, and then just hit the people", said one eyewitness.

Witnesses described how a man yelled "I'm going to kill all Muslims" as the vehicle ploughed into a group of people close to the Finsbury Park Mosque in north London.

Mr Corbyn, who lives close to the scene, said he became aware of the incident very quickly as police responded early on Monday.

Amid the angry screaming, people are heard trying to calm the crowd, one man saying: "Don't worry, officers are here".

The van driver - described by witnesses as a large white man - was detained by members of the public after the incident in Finsbury Park early on Monday that police said had "all the hallmarks of terrorism".

Ten people have been injured in the attack on Muslim worshippers leaving the Finsbury Park mosque, with eight of them sent to hospitals.

The imam of Muslim Welfare House - which is also a community centre - said a passing police van was flagged down after the attack.

Police said all the victims were from the Muslim community and extra patrols would be deployed to reassure the public, especially those observing Ramadan.

British Prime Minister Theresa May said the incident was "every bit as sickening" as the previous assaults that have hit Britain in recent months, including the massacre in the LondonBridge area and the May 22 suicide bombing that hit an Ariana Grande concert in Manchester. He complained that the "mainstream media" was unwilling to call the attack a terrorist incident for many hours.

Bystanders rushed to pin down the driver of the rented van and held him until the police arrived.

British security officials, speaking on condition of anonymity in line with official policy, said hate crimes directed at Muslims have increased almost five-fold in the wake of several attacks in Britain.

Former prime minister David Cameron also condemned the "appalling terrorist attack against Muslims worshipping peacefully in Finsbury Park". "And one of them was under the van". Two other people were treated at the scene for minor injuries but walked away.

Britain's terrorist alert has been set at "severe" meaning an attack is highly likely.

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