London mosque attack 'sickening': UK PM

London mosque attack 'sickening': UK PM

How did the attack unfold? . He was grabbed at the scene by locals and pinned down until police arrived. "Why is this happening here in the United Kingdom?".

"Citizens agitated in Finsbury Park - "where is the BBC?".

Details about the assailant were sketchy, but the assault — the most dramatic against Muslims in London in recent years — suggested a new, risky level of polarization in British society.

The attack occurred about 12:20 a.m. when a speeding white van swerved into worshippers emerging from prayers outside the Muslim Welfare House and nearby Finsbury Park Mosque.

- Mohammed Kozbar, trustee and mosque general secretary, said that the attack was aimed at "killing Muslims returning home after Ramadan prayers".

In a telephone interview with ITV News, Ms Osborne said she only found out her son was in custody after seeing images of him broadcast on television.

"These days, a auto is a weapon".

British Prime Minister Theresa May said officers had made a decision to treat the incident as a terror attack within eight minutes of receiving the first emergency call, but the Metropolitan Police only announced they were treating it as terrorism more than eight hours after the event.

He had been inside Muslim Welfare House when a panicked member of his congregation ran inside shortly after midnight and shouted that someone had run over a group of people and tried to kill them. This isn't the first time the "Quote of the Day" on a London Underground board has been used to spread a message of hope.

The mosques' worshippers, mainly from North and West Africa, had just left prayers during the Muslim holy month of Ramadan. "He did what he did deliberately to hit and kill as many Muslims as possible, so he is a terrorist". "We will not let this happen".

In the wake of recent attacks, Zara chose to pull her young boys out of Islamic school, opting to teach them at home instead for fear that they might be radicalized.

An attack on one community is an attack on all of us. It has not been associated with radical views for more than a decade. "This is very worrying to the Muslim community".

"These were the kinds of comments people were yelling out", she said. "The police recognize this is an additional challenge they face".

The teenagers, who live across the street from the mosque, awoke in the early hours of Monday morning to the sound of a loud crash. Kacimi said when he did so, the driver said to him: "I've done my bit". "My sister came rushing into my room. There is far more that unites us than divides us", he added. "There was an old man under the van".

"We couldn't go back to bed the whole night, it was too traumatizing", Ibtisasm said.

Despite the change in leadership and the focus on bolstering interfaith relations, the mosque reported it had received a string of threatening emails and letters in the wake of the Paris attacks. A man was inside in the van, I saw with my eye, and the old man was also on the ground, and I see some people were also injured.

"We told them the situation, said there's a man, he's restrained, he mowed down 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", Mahmoud said.