Finsbury Park mosque attack: Hundreds of Londoners gather in show of solidarity after terror attack

Hundreds of Londoners from different faiths gathered outside a mosque in Finsbury Park in show of solidarity following a van attack on a crowd of Muslims who had been to pray.

The vehicle veered into a group of people as they fought to help a man who had previously collapsed outside the Muslim Welfare Centre.

The man receiving treatment was killed in the attack in the early hours of Monday.

A further nine people were injured and taken to three different hospitals across the capital.

Crowds gathered outside the mosque, on Seven Sisters Road, on Monday evening in a show of defiance and solidarity.


United crowds: People gathered in a show of defiance (AFP/Getty Images)

Faith leaders held a banner which read: “United against facism, racism and hatred” and made emotional speeches to crowds.

Others held up signs displaying messages including “#OneLondon” and #Lovewillwin. #Terrorwilllose”.


Defiance: Crowds gathered in a show of solidarity (Ibrahim khalil/Twitter)

The vigil came hours after suspect Darren Osborne, 47, from Cardiff was arrested on suspicion of attempted murder and later further arrested over “the commission, preparation or instigation of terrorism including murder and attempted murder”.

The alleged attacker was pinned to the ground by bystanders following the incident while heroic imam Mohammed Mahoud protected him from an angry mob


Moving scenes: Many laid flowers outside the mosque (AFP/Getty Images)

Witnesses claimed to have heard a man shout “kill all Muslims” during the attack.

Met Police chief Cressida Dick vowed to deploy more police to protect Muslims observing Ramadan across the capital.

Vigil outside Finsbury Park mosque.

— Liam O’Hare (@Liam_O_Hare) June 19, 2017

She said: “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.

“This is an appalling attack on a wonderful, happy, integrated community here in London.

Applause after #FinsburyParkMosque chairman, Mohammed Kozbar speaks at the vigil. “The mosques are tackling terrorism”. #FinsburyPark

— Inzy Rashid (@inzyrashid) June 19, 2017

“This has shocked the Metropolitan Police as much as it has shocked everybody else and we have come here to try to say to people who are feeling utterly devastated, right here and in the wider communities, in particular in our Muslim communities, that we will be doing everything we can in our power to protect you and to support you.”

Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn appeared distraught has he visited the mosque in his own constituency just hours after the attack.

Scotland Yard said the suspect was not known to security services and is believed to have been acting alone. 

Officers raided a house in Cardiff on Monday evening while Osborne’s family, speaking in Weston-Super-Mare said their “hearts were with those injured” in the incident.

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