Imam saves Lon­don at­tacker from mob

Hindustan Times ST (Jaipur) - - World -

An imam pro­tected from an an­gry mob the at­tacker who ploughed his van into wor­ship­pers out­side a mosque in Lon­don on Mon­day, killing one per­son and in­jur­ing ten oth­ers.

The at­tack took place just af­ter mid­night out­side the Mus­lim Wel­fare House, which houses a mosque, on the Seven Sis­ters Road in the north­ern part of the city. The site of the in­ci­dent is close to another mosque near the Fins­bury Park on the same road.

Wit­nesses said that an imam from the mosque pro­tected the driver of the van from an­gry mem­bers of the pub­lic un­til the po­lice could ar­rive.

Toufik Kacimi, the chief ex­ec­u­tive of the Mus­lim Wel­fare House, said the man who was ar­rested had to be res­cued by the imam at the cen­tre to stop him be­ing at­tacked, Sky News re­ported.

Kacimi said when he did so, the 48-year-old driver said to him: “I’ve done my bit”.

“Imam Mo­hammed Mah­moud’s brav­ery and courage helped calm the im­me­di­ate sit­u­a­tion af­ter the in­ci­dent and pre­vented fur­ther in­jury and loss of life,” the Mus­lim Wel­fare House was quoted by Guardian as say­ing.

Sev­eral wor­ship­pers were in the area at the time of in­ci­dent af­ter at­tend­ing Ramzan prayers. Counter-ter­ror po­lice were in­ves­ti­gat­ing the in­ci­dent.

The Metropoli­tan Po­lice said that one man was pro­nounced dead at the scene and ten oth­ers were in­jured.

Prime Min­is­ter Theresa May said po­lice were treat­ing the van in­ci­dent “as a po­ten­tial ter­ror­ist at­tack”.

“The driver of the van was found de­tained by mem­bers of pub­lic at the scene and then ar­rested by po­lice in con­nec­tion with the in­ci­dent,” a spokesper­son for the Metropoli­tan Po­lice said.

“He has been taken to hospi­tal as a pre­cau­tion, and will be taken into cus­tody once dis­charged. He will also be sub­ject of a men­tal health as­sess­ment in due course.”

Mon­day’s in­ci­dent fol­lowed a se­ries of at­tacks in Britain.

Eight peo­ple were killed and 50 in­jured on June 3 when three Is­lamist mil­i­tants drove into pedes­tri­ans on Lon­don Bridge and stabbed peo­ple at nearby restau­rants and bars. PTI

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