Theresa May condemns 'sickening' terror attack on Muslims


British authorities and Islamic leaders moved swiftly to ease concerns in the Muslim community after a man plowed a large van into a crowd of worshippers outside a north London mosque early Monday, injuring at least nine people.

Mohammed Kozbar, chairman of the Finsbury Park Mosque, described the attack as "cowardly".

"Officers were in the immediate vicinity as the attack unfolded and responded within one minute".

Metropolitan Police Deputy Assistant Commissioner Neil Basu confirmed the attack on worshippers was being treated as terrorism, as did Prime Minister Theresa May.

Brendan Cox, her widower, said: "I think it's also something, in the case of Islamophobia, there are extremists again who are driving hatred, who are using language about cleansing Britain of Islam, who are talking about a final solution for Muslims".

A 48-year-old man has been arrested on suspicion of attempted murder. Police were today searching an address in a cul-de-sac in the Llanedeyrn area, close to Cardiff golf club in the north east of Cardiff suburbs. A man who was being given first aid at the time died at the scene, but it's not clear if he died as a direct result of the attack.

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

The suspect, who is believed to have been from Weston-super-Mare, remains in custody at a south London police station.

The family of the man held by police over the Finsbury Park attack say they are "massively shocked" and "their hearts go out to the injured".

Locals pounced on the driver and two or three men pinned him down, then others waded in, trying to punch and kick him.

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

A multi-coloured sign left by local schoolchildren read simply: "One Community Standing Together".

They added: "Its madness".

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This time, however, the attacker appeared to have deliberately targeted Muslims. "It seeks to drive us apart and to break the precious bonds of solidarity and citizenship which we share in this country", May said.

Osborne's sister said she is "very sorry for what's happened". "My thoughts are with those and the community affected by this very bad event", Opposition Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn, who is an MP from the area, said as he paid a visit to the site.

Mayor Sadiq Khan, London's first Muslim mayor, urged residents to focus on their shared values and to stand together during an unprecedented period in the capital's history.

He added that it had "all the hallmarks" of a terrorist attack.

"This is a resilient city".

After coming on his bike and leaving a bouquet, another mourner who gave just the name Marc said: "I don't want any of this violence". The police said all were Muslims.

"We have continued to maintain regular patrols around a range of locations including Mosques and churches, and we are fully committed to working closely with all communities to keep them safe".

The string of attacks had "bruised but not broken the heart of this great nation", Home Secretary Amber Rudd said. "We saw that clearly after London Bridge", he said.

Kacimi said when he did so, the driver said to him, "Ive done my bit". "By God's grace we managed to surround him and to protect him from any harm", Mahmoud told reporters. According to images from Twitter, the van used in the attacked was rented from a company called Pontyclun Van Hire.

After the London Bridge attack earlier this month, police had described it publicly as a terrorist incident within two and a half hours.

On June 3, eight people were killed in a van and knife attack on London Bridge and nearby Borough Market.

To the north, Manchester was hit by a deadly attack May 22 when a suicide bomber killed 22 people at an Ariana Grande concert.

The use of a vehicle to mow down pedestrians drew horrifying parallels with this month's London Bridge attack, when three men drove a van into pedestrians before embarking on a stabbing spree - an attack claimed by the Islamic State group - and with another auto and knife rampage near parliament in March. His attack killed five people.