Mosque targeted in Finsbury Park terror attack sent death threats and racist hate mail

The mosque targeted in the Finsbury Park terror attack has received death threats and racist hate mail in the wake of the atrocity. 

Makram Ali, 51, was killed and nine other people injured when a van ploughed into worshippers who had just attended Ramadan prayers at the Finsbury Park Mosque on June 19.

Members of the mosque targeted in the attack now fear further violence after a stream of hate mail was sent to the mosque.

One letter even said the attack would be followed by a “river of blood in the streets”.

One anonymous letter, seen by Vice News, said: “The attack using the van was only the beginning.

“The fun will continue this August. There will be rivers of blood flowing down the streets, I will make sure of this. None of you vermin will survive.

“I mean who would survive being gassed, or beheaded, or blown up.”

Mohammed Kozbar, chairman of the mosque, said there has been a rise in Islamophobic incidents since the attack.

“After the attack we received a lot of solidarity and support from friends and people in the community but also some nasty and offensive messages,” he added.

“It’s threats to the mosque and to the community and it’s quite nasty threats.darren osborne

“It’s worrying for the safety of our community, we’re in talks with the police to see what measures and actions have to be taken to keep us safe.

“I’m sure something more can be done in terms of what’s happening for safety and protection.”

He added: “There has been a rise and it’s worrying, the numbers are up 70%.”

Another message demanded the mosque pay for damages to the van that mowed down victims, Vice reported.

The postcard read: “(The driver) was not insured unfortunately and in these times of austerity we all need as much cash as possible.”


Darren Osborne has been charged over the attack in Finsbury Park (Facebook)

Mr Kozbar said worshippers have been individually targeted, especially women, and added: “They are visible and the most vulnerable and more affected.

“Some of them can’t use public transport and can’t go out at night.

“This is worrying for our community, we’re living in the UK which is a very advanced country and safe and it’s unfortunate some people have had such horrible experiences.”

Darren Osborne has appeared in court accused of murder and attempted murder over the incident.


Makram Ali was killed in the attack (Metropolitan Police)

The 47-year-old, from Cardiff, is charged with killing Mr Ali and the attempted murder of others at the scene.

Detective Superintendent Stuart Ryan, of the Met Police, said: “The mosque has reported a number of incidents of hate crimes since the attack and we are working hard to identify the perpetrators and bring them to justice.

“Officers in Islington work closely with Finsbury Park Mosque and have regular meetings with them to help understand their concerns and to encourage them, and members of the community, to report hate crime.

“Over the last few weeks, more police officers have been patrolling London and reassuring those who attend places of worship. They are also there to encourage anyone affected to report any incidents of hate crime, including Islamophobia to police.”

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