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London - Police Plead For Calm After Van Rams Worshippers Leaving Mosque

Published on: June 19, 2017 07:30 AM
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 British forensic experts stand next to a van and a forensic tent in Finsbury Park, after a van hit worshippers in north London, Britain, 19 June 2017.  EPA British forensic experts stand next to a van and a forensic tent in Finsbury Park, after a van hit worshippers in north London, Britain, 19 June 2017.  EPA

London - London police, already stretched by a series of major incidents around the capital, are putting more officers on the street to reassure the public after a driver plowed into a crowd of people leaving a mosque early Monday. One man died at the scene and 10 people were injured.

Police say a suspect was arrested immediately after the attack, which is being treated as a terrorist incident.

“Extra officers are on duty in the area to help reassure the local community,” Police Commissioner Cressida Dick said. “They will be there for as long as they are needed. Communities will see additional officers patrolling across the city and at Muslim places of worship.”

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Police said the 48-year-old man who was driving the van has been arrested and taken to a hospital as a precaution. He was arrested on suspicion of attempted murder. It was not immediately clear why no charge had been made in relation to the one death.

The attack will stretch the capacity of authorities in Britain, who have faced four attacks in recent months, together with a major fire that has killed dozens. London’s Mayor Sadiq Mayor Khan, the first Muslim to serve in that position, urged the public to focus on shared values and urged the city to stand together in an unprecedented period in the capital’s history.

“While this appears to be an attack on a particular community, like the terrible attacks in Manchester, Westminster and London Bridge it is also an assault on all our shared values of tolerance, freedom and respect,” he said. “The situation is still unfolding and I urge all Londoners to remain calm and vigilant.”

Eyewitnesses told British media that the van seemed to have veered and hit people intentionally. Sky News reported that the mosque’s imam prevented the crowd from beating the attacker until police arrived.

Mohammed Shafiq of the Ramadhan Foundation, a Muslim organization, said that based on eyewitness reports, it seems to be a “deliberate attack against innocent Muslims.”

The Finsbury Park mosque was associated with extremist ideology for several years after the 9/11 attacks in the United States, but was shut down and reorganized. It has not been associated with radical views for more than a decade.

It is located a short walk away from Emirates Stadium, home of the Arsenal football club in north London.

Prime Minister Theresa May said she would chair an emergency security Cabinet session later Monday. She said her thoughts were with the injured, their loved ones and emergency officials who responded to the incident.


Britain’s terrorist alert has been set at “severe,” meaning an attack is highly likely.

Earlier this month on London Bridge, attackers used a vehicle and then knives to kill eight people and wound many others on the bridge and in the nearby Borough Market area. Three Muslim extremists who carried out the attack were killed by police.

Manchester was also hit by a severe attack when a bomber killed more than 20 people at an Ariana Grande concert.



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 Jun 19, 2017 at 10:21 AM The_Truth Says:

It was a terrorist attack, as in it was an attack on terrorists!

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 Jun 19, 2017 at 10:39 AM yonasonw Says:

Hey Educated Archie...you must be celebrating; a hate-chaver of yours just attacked Muslims.

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 Jun 19, 2017 at 11:59 AM Educated Archy Says:

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yonasonw Says:

Hey Educated Archie...you must be celebrating; a hate-chaver of yours just attacked Muslims.

Oh you have to understand the attacker was oppressed and under pressure. The headline should read an oppressed and mentally disturbed person arrested for driving a car into a population of people. Like 3 Palestinians hurt in mideast violence in the old city. (remember that headline just last week)

Also lets not jump to conclusions. We need to investigate this. Was this a hate crime or perhaps it was a random act from a mentally disturbed individual? Lets not jump to trumpaphobia after all.

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 Jun 19, 2017 at 12:02 PM Educated Archy Says:

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The_Truth Says:

It was a terrorist attack, as in it was an attack on terrorists!

No wrong

A terriosit attack is usually associated with an individual or group of individuals that are part of a larger organization that plans and maps out places where to conflict maximum damage and threaten the greater society for no plausible reason other than to commit crime.

This was a hate crime or hate attack committed by one bad actor not part of any large group. Should he be arrested and put death even? Yes I think so. But is it as severe as a terrorist attack ? No

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 Jun 19, 2017 at 03:53 PM yonasonw Says:

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Educated Archy Says:

No wrong

A terriosit attack is usually associated with an individual or group of individuals that are part of a larger organization that plans and maps out places where to conflict maximum damage and threaten the greater society for no plausible reason other than to commit crime.

This was a hate crime or hate attack committed by one bad actor not part of any large group. Should he be arrested and put death even? Yes I think so. But is it as severe as a terrorist attack ? No

Dictionary definition of terrorist:

"a person who uses unlawful violence and intimidation, especially against civilians, in the pursuit of political aims."

Thus, for example, mass shooters, even if lone wolves...and even if there is but faint evidence of a political motive, are always treated as terrorists.

Your comment defining it as "...usually...individual or group of individuals that are part of a larger organization that plans and maps out places where to conflict maximum damage and threaten the greater society for no plausible reason other than to commit crime..." is your concoction and yours alone.

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 Jun 19, 2017 at 06:26 PM yamsar Says:

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Educated Archy Says:

No wrong

A terriosit attack is usually associated with an individual or group of individuals that are part of a larger organization that plans and maps out places where to conflict maximum damage and threaten the greater society for no plausible reason other than to commit crime.

This was a hate crime or hate attack committed by one bad actor not part of any large group. Should he be arrested and put death even? Yes I think so. But is it as severe as a terrorist attack ? No

You're thought process doesn't connect the end of your ideas and the start. Perhaps you just can't express yourself properly.

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 Jun 19, 2017 at 08:20 PM yamsar Says:

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yonasonw Says:

Dictionary definition of terrorist:

"a person who uses unlawful violence and intimidation, especially against civilians, in the pursuit of political aims."

Thus, for example, mass shooters, even if lone wolves...and even if there is but faint evidence of a political motive, are always treated as terrorists.

Your comment defining it as "...usually...individual or group of individuals that are part of a larger organization that plans and maps out places where to conflict maximum damage and threaten the greater society for no plausible reason other than to commit crime..." is your concoction and yours alone.

Lol. Just don't challenge him on college math..

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 Jun 20, 2017 at 12:15 AM Educated Archy Says:

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yonasonw Says:

Dictionary definition of terrorist:

"a person who uses unlawful violence and intimidation, especially against civilians, in the pursuit of political aims."

Thus, for example, mass shooters, even if lone wolves...and even if there is but faint evidence of a political motive, are always treated as terrorists.

Your comment defining it as "...usually...individual or group of individuals that are part of a larger organization that plans and maps out places where to conflict maximum damage and threaten the greater society for no plausible reason other than to commit crime..." is your concoction and yours alone.

Typical failing nyt tactic . We are discussing what the world seems as a terrorist not the official Miram Webster dictionary. This is not an English class my dear .

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 Jun 20, 2017 at 12:19 AM Educated Archy Says:

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yamsar Says:

Lol. Just don't challenge him on college math..

Can I challenge you
On math or finance ? Let's see tell me something you learned in college ? Or perhaps science since you are an expert . So what do you know about global warming other than that it's "science " so it must be true . Let me hear an intellectual thought mr educated .

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 Jun 20, 2017 at 11:32 AM Edcuated Archy Says:

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yamsar Says:

Lol. Just don't challenge him on college math..

Can I challenge you on college math? Do you know calculus?

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 Jun 20, 2017 at 03:15 PM yamsar Says:

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Edcuated Archy Says:

Can I challenge you on college math? Do you know calculus?

Lol

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