- Title: London mayor says attack near mosque is an assault on shared values
- Date: 19th June 2017
- Summary: LONDON, ENGLAND, UNITED KINGDOM (JUNE 19, 2017) (REUTERS) BRITISH PRIME MINISTER THERESA MAY LEAVING ATTACK SCENE AND GETTING INTO CAR BRITISH LABOUR LEADER, JEREMY CORBYN WALKING AWAY FROM ATTACK SCENE VARIOUS OF GROUP OF WOMEN CROSSING ROAD (SOUNDBITE) (English) METROPOLITAN POLICE COMMISSIONER, CRESSIDA DICK, SAYING: "We have a number of people in hospital whose lives are turned upside down. We have one person who has died and as you are aware a man has been arrested. This was quite clearly an attack on Muslims, who looked like they were probably Muslims and they were coming from a prayer meeting. We treat this as a terrorist attack and we in the Met (Metropolitan Police) are as shocked as anybody in this local community or across the country." LONDON MAYOR, SADIQ KHAN, SHAKING HANDS WITH POLICE OFFICERS (SOUNDBITE) (English) LONDON MAYOR, SADIQ KHAN, SAYING: "This attack behind me on Seven Sisters, the attack in Manchester, the attack on London Bridge, the attack on Westminster Bridge are all an attack on our shared values, our shared values of tolerance and freedom and respect and we will not allow these terrorists to succeed. And I want to thank the commissioner for ensuring during the course of today and the next few days that Londoners will see an increased number of visible police officers, particularly at and around mosques and places of worship as we approach the holy day of Eid and the last few days of Ramadan." NEWS CONFERENCE IN PROGRESS (SOUNDBITE) (English) LONDON MAYOR, SADIQ KHAN, SAYING: "These have been a terrible few weeks for London, unprecedented in recent times. We've seen the horror of the fire at Grenfell Tower, we've seen the attack on London Bridge and before that Westminster Bridge and we saw last night the terrorist attack here in Seven Sisters. We will stay a strong city. We will ensure that we aren't cowed by terrorism and we will not be defeated. We are united today and we are going to carry on being a united city." LONDON MAYOR, SADIQ KHAN, SHAKING HANDS WITH POLICE OFFICERS AND WALKING AWAY (SOUNDBITE) (English) IMAM MOHAMMED MAHMOUD, SAYING: "We stopped all forms of attacks and abuse towards him that were coming from every angle and by coincidence while the people who were tending to the injured were calling the emergency services, police van drove past by coincidence so we flagged them down, we told them the situation - that there's a man, he's restrained, he mowed down a group of people with his van and there's a mob attempting to hurt him, if you don't take him, God forbid, he might be seriously hurt. So we pushed people away from him until he was safely taken by police into custody and put in the back of the van." IMAM MOHAMMED MAHMOUD WALKING AWAY
- Embargoed: 3rd July 2017 17:48
- Keywords: mosque attack in London London mayor Sadiq Khan Theresa May Jeremy Corbyn
- Location: LONDON, ENGLAND, UNITED KINGDOM
- City: LONDON, ENGLAND, UNITED KINGDOM
- Country: United Kingdom
- Topics: Crime/Law/Justice
- Reuters ID: LVA0016LY3SCN
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- Story Text: London Mayor Sadiq Khan said on Monday (June 19) that an incident in which a man drove a van into worshippers near a London mosque injuring 10 people was an attack on common values.
Khan told journalists near the mosque that there would be extra police to reassure communities, especially those observing Ramadan.
The vehicle swerved into a group of mainly North and West African people shortly after midnight as they left prayers at the Muslim Welfare House and the nearby Finsbury Park Mosque in north London, one of the biggest in Britain.
The driver was grabbed at the scene by locals and pinned down until police arrived, Imam Mohammed Mahmoud said, who was leading a prayer service in the mosque when the attack took place. The driver was later arrested on suspicion of attempted murder.
Metropolitan Police Commissioner, Cressida Dick said the incident was being treated as a terrorist attack.
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