Fears more Muslims could be targeted after London mosque attack

Muslims pray on a sidewalk in the Finsbury Park area of north London after a vehicle hit pedestrians.

A man died and nine other people were taken to hospital following the incident on Seven Sisters Road, which police are treating as a terror attack.

Scotland Yard said they had arrested a 48-year-old man on suspicion of attempted murder.

She also said that police declared it a terrorist incident within eight minutes, and that it was "an attack on Muslims near their place of worship".

London Mayor Sadiq Khan urged people to "remain calm and vigilant" and said the Met had deployed extra police to reassure communities, especially those observing Ramadan.

Police were on Monday searching an address in a cul-de-sac close to Cardiff golf club in the northeast of the city suburbs.

Deputy Assistant Commissioner Neil Basu, national counter-terrorism coordinator, said the victims were all from the Muslim community.

The suspect's mother expressed shock at knowing that her son was behind the attack.

"Like the bad attacks in Manchester, Westminster and London Bridge it is also an assault on all our shared values of tolerance, freedom and respect", he said in a statement, referring to attacks in previous months. In 2015, One-time Community Police Officer of the Year, Damian O'Reilly, made a heartfelt appeal to May to reverse cuts to local policing which had caused intelligence about possible attacks to dry up.

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Moments after the driver was captured, Mohammed Mahmoud and others intervened to keep him from being attacked by people enraged by his actions.

Finsbury Park Mosque also participated in the Great Get Together, hosting the Chief Rabbi for an Iftar dinner, which is a nightly breaking of the Ramadan fast for Muslims.

Police said at this stage they believe the suspect acted alone.

"By God's grace, we were able to protect him from harm", the imam said.

A man driving a white van mounted a pavement and hit a group of worshippers exiting the mosque just after midnight.

"One eyewitness to the attack told the BBC that the driver of the van reportedly said "'I want to kill Muslims, I want to kill Muslims, '" as he exited the vehicle. Since then incidents of hate crime have risen, police say.

"I've heard stories form the imam who stopped local residents from understandably taking out their anger on this terrorist", Khan said at a press conference.

Two months later, a suicide bomber killed 22 people at a pop concert in Manchester, northwest England.

On March 22, a man killed five people when he drove a auto into pedestrians on Westminster Bridge in London and stabbed a police officer.

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