Finsbury Park mosque attack: Muslim woman speaks of fear after terror

A distraught woman who was comforted by government minister Sajid Javid at the scene of the horrific Finsbury Park attack said she is just a “normal, everyday Muslim” scared for her family.

Runa Leila Begum broke down in tears when she visited the scene where a van driver ploughed into worshippers as they left the Finsbury Park Mosque on Monday morning.

One man died and ten others were injured, with witnesses describing the man screaming “I want to kill all Muslims” as he carried out the attack.

Ms Begum was urged to “stay strong” by Communities Secretary Mr Javid after she broke down in tears in a heartwarming moment near to the mosque.


Sajid Javid was spotted comforting a woman as she cried at the scene (AFP/Getty Images)

Afterwards she told the Standard she has become “scared” for her son after a string of terror attacks across the capital.

She said: “I’m not a terrorist. Do I have to keep screaming this out? What do I have to do?

“Because it’s Ramadan, it’s very difficult to get through to everybody because of the late nights so your heart is just pounding.

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“I had to drop my son off to school and that was scary enough to do. I spoke to the reception once again and I was like are there any precautions put in after these horrible events and she said ‘no’.

“As a mother I fear for my child, not just now but I fear for him growing up in the this country. I really honestly do.

“It’s just one thing after another and we’re lost- we don’t know what to do. People want to represent us as horrible people who want to do these disgusting, vile things to people.”

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The attack is the second terrorist incident to rock the capital in just over two weeks, with eight innocent people killed in the London Bridge atrocity on June 3.

Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn was visibly distraught as he visited the scene of a terrorist attack on Monday morning, where he also spoke with local residents to offer them reassurance.

Meanwhile Theresa May vowed that “hatred and evil” of the kind seen in the attack will never succeed.

Security near London mosques has been heightened, with the Prime Minister pledging to review security at mosques across Britain in wake of the attack.

Ms Begum added: “We can’t keep sharing hate and violence. We can’t keep doing this. I’m tired and I want my son to be safe.”

A 48-year-old man was arrested on suspicion of attempted murder, having been tackled to the ground by heroic onlookers.

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