UK moves to ease tensions after van attack on London Muslims

Tuesday, 20 Jun, 2017

And another man who lived near Osborne's home said: 'I arrived home from work to find the street crawling with police - it's a complete shock'. "A post mortem examination will be scheduled due course", Metropolitan Police said. The man's name was not released.

GRANT STINCHFIELD (HOST): I was going to first ask you about the maybe attack in London, where again we had a van drive through folks it appears, in front of a mosque.

Then on June 3, eight people were killed and 48 were injured when three men drove a van into pedestrians on London Bridge before leaping out and launching a stabbing spree in nearby bars and restaurants.

Ibn Omar, a worshipper at the mosque, also saw the imam trying to stop people attacking the suspect. A man intent on killing Muslims plowed a rented van into the group of Londoners - killing one and injuring 10 more - before jumping out and taunting them with slurs, according to witnesses.

Early Monday morning, he ran his vehicle into a crowd of people giving aid to an elderly worshiper who had collapsed outside the Finsbury Park Mosque, according to officials.

The White House says President Donald Trump is receiving updates on the incident, and White House press secretary Sean Spicer says the administration's thoughts and prayers go out to the victims and their families.

"This was quite clearly an attack on Muslims who looked like they were probably Muslims and they were coming from a prayer meeting".

He was later criticized after he launched a Twitter attack on London Mayor Sadiq Khan in the wake of that attack.

In a statement issued around six hours after the incident, Finsbury Park Mosque condemned the "heinous" act and said they are "extremely unhappy with the mainstream media not reporting this as a terrorist attack".

"Calm down", someone says as the driver reels on the ground. Further, officers were forced to hold back crowds after arresting the terror suspect who was smiling, waving and even blowing kisses.

Ten people were hurt, all of them Muslims, with eight of them requiring hospital treatment.

The constant specter of terrorism in London is something that Zara, 40, a Muslim and Finsbury Park local, has been struggling to grapple with.

Officers arrived at 7.30am at the offices of Pontyclun Van Hire 168 miles away from the London mosque.

The best response we can show now as a city is to get out there and celebrate what's great about London. Met Police Commissioner Cressida Dick said there is now an ongoing investigation by the Counter Terrorism Command to establish why this attack was carried out.

Police faced criticism that they did not publicly declare the Finsbury Park attack as terrorism until well into Monday morning.

"I've been here for over 35 years and it's always been mixed and really peaceful and I don't want to see that change", said the short-haired woman, who said she was in her 60s. He was also killed by police.

Manchester was hit by a deadly attack on May 22 when a suicide bomber killed 22 people at an Ariana Grande concert.