'We Will Stop at Nothing to Defeat Extremism': Theresa May

'We Will Stop at Nothing to Defeat Extremism': Theresa May

Police in London say a van collided with pedestrians outside a mosque late Sunday, killing one person and injuring 10 others.

The attack - the fourth terror assault to jolt Britain in four months - occurred just after midnight outside the Muslim Welfare House, which houses a mosque, on the Seven Sisters Road when a group of people were helping a man who had collapsed.

The move to increase numbers outside the nine mosques in Enfield - including Palmers Green and Edmonton Islamic Centre in Raynham Road - is in direct response to the atrocity which left one man dead and another eight seriously injured in the early hours of this morning (Monday).

"This is being treated as a terrorist attack and the Counter-Terrorism Command is investigating."

Helicopters buzzed overhead, and ambulances and police cars raced to the scene.

Authorities and the media faced questions Monday over whether they treated the terror attack on a group of Muslim worshipers in north London in the same way as other, Islamist-inspired incidents. Early police caution about declaring the incident to be terrorist-related was interpreted by the community as discriminatory.

"There was this white van stopped outside Finsbury Park mosque that seemed to have hit people who were coming out after prayers had finished. He did what he did deliberately to hit and kill as many Muslims as possible, so he is a terrorist".

"An attack on one religion is an attack on all religions and all people and faiths must stand together against terror".

Deputy Assistant Commissioner Neil Basu, senior national coordinator for counter-terrorism policing, told reporters at Scotland Yard he wanted to praise the members of the public who helped in the immediate aftermath: "Their restraint in the circumstances is commendable".

The Finsbury Park Mosque - located in a vibrant, multicultural area of north London - was once closely associated with extremism.

"But I have to say the stress levels I have met already, from both people last night and this morning were just frightened, just frightened that something like this could happen again, and so we obviously need efficient and effective policing, we obviously need, also, an attitude in our society of support for each other".

Opened in 1994, Finsbury Park Mosque is an unassuming five-story redbrick building in residential north London, close to Arsenal Football Club's Emirates Stadium.

Harun Khan, secretary general of the Muslim Council of Britain, said that based on accounts from witnesses the driver was "motivated by Islamophobia". Police shot and killed the three men who carried out the attack. The attacker was also killed by police.

Jeremy Corbyn, the leader of the Labour Party and the local member of parliament for the area said on Twitter he was "totally shocked".

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