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Van ploughs into Muslims in London

20 June 2017

It is unclear why the attacker drove into police, though officials said it was apparently a deliberate act.

The driver was later arrested on suspicion of "the commission, preparation or instigation of terrorism including murder and attempted murder", the police said.

The father of four was apprehended by the crowd and is now held on suspicion of murder and terror offenses.

Muna Mohammad was safe at home with her children when the attack unfolded nearby.

"Our thoughts and prayers go out to the victims and their families", White House press secretary Sean Spicer said at an off-camera briefing at the White House. But look, we aren't safe.

"An attack on anyone is sickening and we are shocked by what has happened". When I wake up and look at the news it's always another attack.

On Monday morning, suited commuters on their way to work and mothers dressed in hijabs, schoolchildren in tow, streamed in and out of Finsbury Park Underground Station, just around the corner from the scene of the attack.

A vigil also took place in west London near the fire gutted Grenfell Tower.

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The Finsbury Park Mosque went through a brief period of inactivity after Hamza's arrest but reopened its doors in 2005 with new management.

"These days, a vehicle is a weapon".

One man died and 9 people were hospitalized following the assault, the latest in a series of terror attacks to hit the United Kingdom this year.

A police officer stands near floral tributes in Finsbury Park after an incident where a van struck pedestrians, in London, Monday June 19, 2017.

"At this stage, we are calling for calm", he said.

"We have been informed that a van has run over worshipers as they left #FinsburyPark Mosque", the Muslim Council of Britain said on Twitter.

By this she pointed a finger towards the media and public alike who treat terror attacks carried out by Muslims differently than those carried out by followers of another religion.

Ten people were injured in the attack, all of them Muslims, with eight requiring hospital treatment.

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The media was also criticized for being slow to call the incident a terror attack.

Security agencies are expected to be on high alert for the last 10 days of Ramadan which are the most religiously significant, particularly the "Night of Power" due to fall on June 21.

Its former imam, Abu Hamza, was jailed for life in NY on terrorism charges in 2015.

But the mosque has since worked tirelessly to transform itself into an inclusive center for the local Muslim community.

"We d say hello everyday when dropping the kids off at school and he never had a problem with me at all".

She described him as a man who often kept to himself.

The incident at Finsbury Park was the fourth attack on groups of civilians in the U.K.in since March and the third to involve a vehicle deliberately driven at pedestrians. "My sister came rushing into my room". Suffice it to say, Trump issued no tweets about the perils of disgruntled middle-aged white Britons coming to America and renting vans.

The suspect "was very quickly and calmly given over to the police", Metropolitan Police Deputy Assistant Commissioner Neil Basu said, as he praised the community for their bravery.

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Earlier, Archbishop Justin Welby said: "The freedom to worship without fear is a right we cherish as a nation and was won at great human cost over many years".

Van ploughs into Muslims in London