London mayor on attack against Muslims: 'Terrorism is terrorism'

Amid the chaos and agitation surging through a crowd early Monday after a van plowed into pedestrians outside London's Finsbury Park Mosque, one person stepped in to protect the attacker, witnesses say: the mosque's imam.

The 47-year-old male was previously arrested on suspicion of attempted murder after a white van ploughed into Muslims as they were leaving the mosque following night-time prayers.

It unfolded as a man was receiving first aid from members of the public in an unrelated incident.

Amin said that when people seized the driver, "he was shouting: 'All Muslims, I want to kill all Muslims.' Literally, he said that".

British Prime Minister Theresa May has condemned a "sickening" terror attack on Muslims near a London mosque.

Eyewitness Khalid Amin told BBC television that the van turned deliberately left and "just hit the people".

Police said extra personnel had been deployed to reassure Muslim communities in London and security outside mosques would be reviewed.

The incident occurred in Finsbury Park, a neighborhood in north London where many immigrants live.

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"This investigation is ongoing, and we are working fast to know the full details of how and why it took place".

A witness, Abdiqadir Warra, told AFP that the van "drove at people" and that some of the victims were carried for several meters along the road.

The police are treating this as a terrorist attack "because it has all the features of it", according to the newspaper.

The Muslim Council of Britain called the incident a "terror attack" and the "most violent manifestation" of Islamophobia. One person was killed and 10 injured in the incident.

"Communities can expect to see more uniformed police officers at many of these places as reassurance, as they have seen in other crowded places".

The incident comes just over two weeks after three Islamist militants drove into pedestrians on London Bridge and stabbed people at nearby restaurants and bars, killing eight. We treat this as a terrorist attack.

Khadijeh Sherizi, who lives next door to Osborne, said: "I saw him on the news and I thought "oh my God" that is my neighbour. We stopped all forms of attack and abuse towards him that were coming from every angle".

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