Our thoughts and prayers are with all those affected
However, last night, a man in a van ran into pedestrians who were attending late night prayers at their north London mosques during Ramadan in Finsbury Park. Ten have been confirmed injured and one dead in Seven Sisters Road – although it’s not been confirmed whether this is related to the incident.
Theresa May has called upon an emergency meeting as she has confirmed the attack as a terror incident as a witness said that the driver shouted ‘I want to kill all Muslims.’
A 48-year-old man has been arrested under suspicion of attempted murder after mounting the pavement outside Muslim Welfare House which is near Finsbury Park Mosque.
Sadiq Khan, the Mayor of London, has said that extra police are being deployed around London to reassure residents. He also declared that his ‘thoughts and prayers were with those affected by the horrific terrorist attack on innocent people.’
‘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 secretary general of the Muslim Council of Britain, Harun Khan, has released a statement saying: ‘Over the past weeks and months, Muslims have endured many incidents of Islamophobia, and this is the most violent manifestation to date.’
And the Muslim Welfare House has also released a statement saying: ‘All of us at Muslim Welfare House sends our thoughts and prayers to the victims and those injured in the major incident at Finsbury Park. The Muslim Community in this area is horrified at this incident and is concerned and shocked at the events.’
‘All of our efforts should be towards getting justice for the victims and ensuring our community stays the diverse, tolerant and welcome place we know it to be. We call on all, including the media, to act responsibly at this time.’