Mosque imam saves driver from angry mob after terror attack

Mosque imam saves driver from angry mob after terror attack

Mosque imam saves driver from angry mob after terror attack

Video posted online of the aftermath of Monday's attack showed a scene of chaos as people tried to help the injured.

"We treat this as a terrorist attack", she said.

"We stopped all forms of attack and abuse towards him that were coming from every angle". He was taken to a hospital as a precaution, where he'll receive a mental health assessment, according to the statement. She said her thoughts were with the injured, their loved ones and emergency officials who responded to the incident.

The imam of a Muslim center in London has been praised for his "bravery and courage" in stopping an angry crowd turning on the driver involved in a van attack.

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, and with another auto and knife rampage near parliament in March.

"My prayers are with the victims and their families".

The 48-year-old suspect mowed down pedestrians outside a mosque on Seven Sisters Road in Finsbury Park. After those attacks, the mosque was shut down and reorganized and has not been associated with radical views for more than a decade. The mosque, which today operates largely as a community center, rose to worldwide notoriety in the early 2000s, due to its links with Egyptian-born radical cleric Abu Hamza al-Masri.

Muhammed Kozba, the mosque's imam, said worshipers who were performing the prayer were "intentionally" targeted. Among those known to have worshiped at the mosque during Abu-Hamza's time there are convicted shoe bomber Richard Reid and Zacarias Moussaoui, the so-called 20th hijacker of September 11.

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On most Fridays, the faithful stream towards several mosques in the neighborhood, home to a large Muslim community of mostly North and West African descent. Around 10% of the borough's population is Muslim.

In an interview with Sky News, Mahmoud said had just finished evening prayers when a man ran in to and said that something had happened outside.

"My message to the Government is, the plans you have to change the police funding formula so London loses more money: don't do it".

Some witnesses believe there was more than one person involved in the attack, but a statement from the police said there were no other suspects. "They were helping on the pavement and trying to help them to get to the scene".

- March 22, 2017: A man drives his rented SUV into pedestrians at London's Westminster Bridge, killing four people, then stabs a police officer to death before officers shoot and kill him.

A man identified only as Mohammed who was holding the suspect down told Britain's Guardian newspaper, "The imam came from the mosque and he said, 'Listen we are fasting, this is Ramadan, we are not supposed to do these kinds of things so please step back'". But Ahmed says she won't let Islamophobic incident like these change who she is.

He added: "I said, 'tell me why did you try driving to kill innocent people?'"

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