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London Mayor Sadiq Khan has led calls for calm in the wake of the Finsbury Park truck attack – where a driver struck worshippers at a mosque.>Serial bomber strikes again after explosion at FedEx facility in Texas
London Mayor Sadiq Khan urged people to ‘remain calm and vigilant’ in the wake of the attack.
He said: ‘We don’t yet know the full details, but this was clearly a deliberate attack on innocent Londoners, many of whom were finishing prayers during the holy month of Ramadan.
‘While this appears to be an attack on a particular community, like the terrible attacks in Manchester, Westminster and London Bridge it is also an assault on all our shared values of tolerance, freedom and respect.
‘The situation is still unfolding and I urge all Londoners to remain calm and vigilant. Please report anything suspicious to the police, but only call 999 in an emergency.
‘The Met have deployed extra police to reassure communities, especially those observing Ramadan.’
The attacker struck as the area was busy with worshippers who had been attending Ramadan night prayers at the mosque.
One resident told the Press Association he jumped out of the way as the van struck pedestrians.
The Muslim Council of Britain confirmed that worshippers had been targeted in the attack.
Secretary general Harun Khan said: ‘During the night, ordinary British citizens were set upon while they were going about their lives, completing their night worship.
‘My prayers are with the victims and their families. It appears from eyewitness accounts that the perpetrator was motivated by Islamophobia.
‘Over the past weeks and months, Muslims have endured many incidents of Islamophobia, and this is the most violent manifestation to date.
‘Given we are approaching the end of the month of Ramadan and the celebration of Eid with many Muslims going to local mosques, we expect the authorities to increase security outside mosques as a matter of urgency.’
Mr Khan added: ‘Many will feel terrorised, no doubt be angry and saddened by what has taken place tonight.
‘We urge calm as the investigation establishes the full facts, and in these last days of Ramadan, pray for those affected and for justice.’
There has been an increase in hate crime reports since the Manchester Arena bombing and the London Bridge attack.
Video posted online of the aftermath of Monday’s attack showed a scene of chaos as people tried to help the injured.
One man could been seen giving CPR to a victim in the street while another man’s head injury was treated with a makeshift dressing.
People could be heard shouting and screaming amid the chaos and bloodstains were visible on the pavement.
In one video, a group of men are seen holding the suspect to the ground as they call for the police.
Abdikadar Warfa said: ‘I saw a man underneath the van. He was bleeding. My friend said he had to lift the van.
‘I was busy with a man who tried to escape. My friend said he said some words, but I didn’t hear it.
‘They (people who were hit) were mostly young. They are very bad.
‘I tried to stop him (the suspect), some people were hitting him but I said stop him and keep him until the police came.
‘He was trying to run away but people overpowered him. He was fighting to run away.’
One man, who gave his name as Mohin, said his cousin was caught up in the incident.
The 32-year-old told the Press Association: ‘There were a lot of people in the street, crossing the street, going to mosque for prayers, for forgiveness, just to pray and go home and eat.
‘They are doing their usual daily routine – they did not expect a van coming out of nowhere hitting them.
Images of the van showed it was rented from Pontyclun Van Hire in Pontyclun, near Cardiff.
Finsbury Park mosque was once infamous as the stamping ground of hook-handed hate preacher Abu Hamza.
But it was raided and shut down and later reclaimed by the local Muslim community, who have transformed it into a place which actively promotes better community relations across faiths.
In 2015 it was the target of an attempted arson when a white man with a jerrycan full of petrol tried to light it and throw it over the railings in front of the site before fleeing on a moped.
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Source : http://metro.co.uk/2017/06/19/sadiq-khan-leads-calls-for-calm-in-wake-of-finsbury-park-terror-attack-6718247/