Another Lon­don ter­ror at­tack

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Foren­sic of­fi­cers move the van which struck Mus­lim wor­ship­pers in Fins­bury Park in north Lon­don yes­ter­day.

LON­DON: A van ploughed into wor­ship­pers near a Lon­don mosque yes­ter­day, in­jur­ing 10 peo­ple in what po­lice said was a de­lib­er­ate at­tack on Mus­lims that was be­ing treated as a ter­ror­ist in­ci­dent.

Shortly af­ter mid­night, the hired ve­hi­cle swerved into a group of peo­ple leav­ing prayers at the Mus­lim Wel­fare House and the nearby Fins­bury Park Mosque in north Lon­don, one of the big­gest in the coun­try, wit­nesses said.

“This had all the hall­marks of a ter­ror­ist in­ci­dent,” said Neil Basu, se­nior na­tional co-or­di­na­tor for counter-ter­ror­ism polic­ing. “This was an at­tack on Lon­don and all Lon­don­ers.”

If con­firmed by the au­thor­i­ties as ter­ror­ism, it would be the fourth at­tack since March in Britain and the third to in­volve a ve­hi­cle de­lib­er­ately driven at pedes­tri­ans. The at­tack comes dur­ing the Mus­lim holy month of Ra­madaan when Mus­lims were at­tend­ing spe­cial prayers.

Ab­dul­rah­man Aidroos said he and his friends had been tend­ing an old man who had suf­fered a heart at­tack when the van was driven at them. “(The driver) was say­ing ‘I wanna kill more peo­ple, I wanna kill more Mus­lims’,” he said.

He said he had helped tackle him and pin him down with oth­ers un­til po­lice ar­rived.

Basu thanked those who de­tained the driver, adding: “Their re­straint in the cir­cum­stances was com­mend­able.”

The sus­pected van driver, aged 48, was ar­rested on sus­pi­cion of at­tempted mur­der.

PIC­TURE: FRANK AUGSTEIN / AP

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