Van rams worshippers leaving London mosque, injuring 10

A van ploughed into worshippers leaving a London mosque on Monday, injuring 10 people in what witnesses said was a deliberate attack on Muslims.

One man, who was already being given first aid at the scene before the vehicle was driven into pedestrians, has died but police said it was not clear whether his death was directly linked. Eight others are in hospital, with two in a very serious condition.

The incident was being treated as a potential terrorist attack said Prime Minister Theresa May, which if confirmed would make it the fourth since March in Britain and the third to involve a vehicle deliberately driven at pedestrians.

“This had all the hallmarks of a terrorist incident,” said Neil Basu, senior national co-ordinator for counter-terrorism policing. “This was an attack on London and all Londoners.”

Shortly after midnight, the hired vehicle swerved into a group of people leaving prayers at the Finsbury Park Mosque, one of the biggest in the country, witnesses said. The attack comes during the Muslim holy month of Ramadan.

“This big van just came and went all over us,” witness Abdulrahman Saleh Alamoudi told BuzzFeed News. “He (the driver) was screaming… ‘I’m going to kill all Muslims’.”

Police said the suspected van driver, aged 48, had been detained by members of the public before being arrested on suspicion of attempted murder.

“I would like to thank those people who helped police in detaining the man and worked with officers to calmly and quickly get him into our custody,” Basu said. “Their restraint in the circumstances was commendable.”

Eight people were taken to hospital and two were treated at the scene. Usain Ali, 28, who was near the mosque at the time, said he heard a bang and ran for his life.

“When I looked back, I thought it was a car accident, but people were shouting, screaming and I realised this was a man choosing to terrorize people who are praying,” he told Reuters. “He chose exactly the time that people pray, and the mosque is too small and full, so some pray outside.”

The attack comes at a time of political turmoil in Britain, as May, weakened by the loss of her parliamentary majority in a June 8 election, plunges into divorce talks with the European Union.

She has faced heavy criticism for her response to a fire in a London tower block last Wednesday which killed at least 58 people, and for her record on security after a series of attacks blamed on Islamist militants in recent months.

“All my thoughts are with the victims, their families and the emergency services on the scene,” May said, adding that she would chair an emergency response meeting later on Monday.

The mayor of London, Sadiq Khan, said extra police had been deployed to reassure communities, especially those observing Ramadan, describing the attack as “an assault on all our shared values of tolerance, freedom and respect”.

The leader of the opposition Labour Party, Jeremy Corbyn, in whose constituency the attack took place, said he was “totally shocked”.

The incident comes just over two weeks after three Islamist militants drove into pedestrians on London Bridge and stabbed people at nearby restaurants and bars, killing eight..

It also follows a suicide bombing at a pop concert in Manchester, northern England, in May which killed 22, while in March, a man drove a rented car into pedestrians on Westminster Bridge in London and stabbed a policeman to death before being shot dead. His attack killed five people.

Police had said hate crimes had risen after the London Bridge attack and they had stepped up their visible presence at places of worship.

The Muslim Council of Britain said Monday’s attack was the most violent manifestation of Islamophobia in Britain in recent months and called for extra security at places of worship.

“It appears that a white man in a van intentionally ploughed into a group of worshippers who were already tending to someone who had been taken ill,” the council said in a statement.


Police said they were called just after 12:20 a.m. (2320 GMT Sunday) to reports of a collision on Seven Sisters Road, which runs through the Finsbury Park area of north London.

“From the window, I started hearing a lot of yelling and screeching, a lot of chaos outside … Everybody was shouting: ‘A van’s hit people, a van’s hit people’,” one woman who lives opposite the scene told the BBC.

The Evening Standard newspaper said the van appeared to have been rented in Wales, although there was no immediate confirmation of this from the authorities.

Miqdaad Versi, assistant secretary general of the Muslim Council of Britain, said the van had deliberately swerved into a group of people who were helping a man who was ill and had fallen to the ground.

“Basically, a van swerved into them deliberately,” Versi told Reuters, citing a witness.

He said the driver had run out of the van but a group of people caught him and held him until police arrived.

The Finsbury Park Mosque gained notoriety more than a decade ago for sermons by radical cleric Abu Hamza al-Masri, who was sentenced to life in a U.S. prison in January 2015 after being convicted of terrorism-related charges.

A new board of trustees and management took over in February 2005, a year after Abu Hamza was arrested by British police, since when attendance has greatly increased among worshippers from various communities, according to the mosque’s website.

Members of the congregation in the two mosques in the area are mainly from North and West Africa.



  • Niemals

    “Van rams worshippers leaving London mosque, injuring 10” (REUTERS),
    however Ya Libnan News feels that it is appropriate with the attached photo that would probably make the readers to draw the conclusion that it represent the defendant…..
    Who is the handcuffed man?

  • Niemals

    Finsbury Park Mosquei was not chosen at random, the terrorist leader Abu Hamza al-Masri was preaching in the Finsbury Park Mosquei, Terrorführer Abu Hamza al-Masri
    also hate preacher Abu Qatada was in the mosque in Finsbury Park.
    In 2013 he was the hate preacher Abu Qatada deported to Jordan.

  • Niemals
    • vs

      Any religion is mental masturbation, but islam is also humanitarian catastrophe and… satanic cult?

      • Omega

        Very possible. Islam is a copy-paste of Judaism.

        • vs

          Judaism, Daoism are may be mostly philosophy

          • Omega

            Judaism is very much so defined as a monotheistic religion.

            Doaism is a religio-philosophical tradition.

          • vs

            Jewishness is not limited by religion

          • Niemals

            Video: Chosen and excluded – The hatred of Jews in Europe

            00:41 Min. – Quoted by Abbas before the European Parliament
            “But as soon as this occupation ends, the excuses will disappear, and terrorism, violence and extremism will end all over the world, the Middle East, Europe and other parts of the world.
            I would also like to say that just a week ago some rabbis in Israel have asked their government to poison our water to kill Palestinians. Is not that a clear incitement to the mass murder of the Palestinian people? “(O-Ton Mahmoud Abbas, President of the Palestinian Authority)
            Standing ovations. Parliamentary President Schulz is tweeting: “An inspiring speech!” I beg your pardon? Rabbis plan to poison Palestinian fountains to rob their land? This is one of the ritual murder legends that have been circulating in Europe since the Middle Ages, in order to expropriate, expel and assassinate Jews.
            Two days later, Abbas describes this lie as “unfounded,” but it is in the world – and in millions of heads.
            He also said that if the Palestinians come to their right, terror will end all over the world.

            14:52 Min. – Financing Arafat Mausoleum
            Film text:
            … which has been supported by a majority of the left in the West for 50 years – even beyond the death of Arafat. His mausoleum was also co-financed by the EU with over 1.5 million.

            45:02 Min. – Hamas and EU aid
            Film text:
            Without a camera, we were told that the West would have to remove all financial aid to Gaza so that the Hamas regime collapsed – and if it would take years. On the other hand, the pro-Palestine movement in Europe is like the fifth column of Hamas.

            01:16:08 hrs – The attack on the Bataclan
            Film text:
            As part of the terrorist offensive, 90 people are killed and hundreds are injured in the Bataclan concert house. The former owners had recently emigrated to Israel. For many years they had organized donation galas for Israel. Since 2008 the Jewish owners have been massively threatened. In 2011 the Bataclan escaped just a planned attack. International investigations led to the arrest of the assassins in time.

            01:19:08 hrs – Attack on synagogues
            Film text:
            In France synagogues are also attacked for the first time. On July 13, 2014, angry demonstrators move to the Don Isaac Synagogue in Paris. Only a few policemen are on site. While the faithful in the synagogue barricade hours of fear, members of the Jewish community try to defend the prayer house with chairs. They are put to flight by the anti-Semites, the angry mob surrounds the synagogue. Only thanks to the advancing special forces of the police can a bloodbath be prevented. In the bourgeois press the Jews are accused of provoking them. We do not like to see defenseless Jews in Europe. For many French Jews this day was a turning point.

            01:20:05 hrs – The Paris suburb of Sarcelles
            Film text:
            Pharmacy in SaracelleApotheke in Saracelle
            Sarcelles near Paris, Klein-Jerusalem is called the suburb where 13,000 French Jews live, including many refugees who came from Algeria in the 50s and 60s. By the summer of 2014, Sarcelles was seen as a functioning multicultural model, with Jews, Christians and Muslims standing side by side and together – in a neighborhood of 60,000 inhabitants.

            01:20:32 hrs – Attack on synagogues in Sarcelles
            Film text:
            Then Sunday the 20th of July 2014.
            “Palestine: come equipped, with mortars, fire extinguishers, clubs, many: we take the district of Sarcelles,” is one of the many calls.
            More than 3,000 demonstrators come. Molotov cocktails fly against the synagogue. Policemen prevent the storm. The crowd shouts: “Death to the Jews,” “Hitler was right.” The violent pack plundered a drugstore run by Jews and a kosher supermarket, both set on fire. The police speak of a “Paris intifada”.


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          • Omega

            It always was – until non-Jewish Brits (in the 180ss) decided to make of Israel their bridgehead in the Middle East The national Jewish identity and modern Hebrew are modern inventions created to suit that agenda.

          • Niemals

            Embarrassing Film on Muslim Anti-Semitism in Europe was Aired on ARD

            Anti-Semitism is on the rise from Muslim migrant communities in Europe, notably in Germany which took in over a million migrants from the Middle East and Africa during the migrant crisis. Terror attacks which specifically target Jewish communities are rising, while the continent has seen large numbers of European Jewry making Aliyah (returning to Israel).

            In 2016, 5,000 Jews left France; adding to the record the 7,900 who left in 2015 and 7,231 in 2014, in total, 40,000 French Jews have emigrated since 2006.

            German Tabloid Bild Puts Controversial anti-Semitism Film Online After Broadcaster Drops It

            Channel ARTE is accused of biased censorship after shelving a documentary about anti-Semitism in Europe, saying it was not ‘balanced’ and the topic was ‘very sensitive.’

    • Omega

      Ask the Anglo-Americans.

    • Ilami-Gilaki

      AFAIK the term “The religion of peace” was used to describe Sufisim which is an Iranian religion that has nothing to do with Eslam. The Arabs stole the term and almost everything they have from the Iranians.

    • Hannibal
      • Hind Abyad

        Religion of peace or Humanitarian Catastrophe?
        UPI Activists want Israel to recognize Yemenite babies ‘abducted’ decades ago.

        • vs

          that doesn’t make the accusation true. As with the American POW/MIA affair, the USS Liberty Incident and the 9/11 Commission, those who ardently believe some kind of conspiracy and/or coverup took place are not going to be swayed by facts and logic, especially if they honestly believe their children were stolen

          • vs

            The events of 1948-1950, when about 50 thousand Yemenite Jews arrived in Israel. The repatriates were resettled in tent camps or in so-called “maabarot” (temporary settlements). Yemeni families were mostly large families, and thousands of children who came to Israel were very weak and suffered numerous diseases, mainly diseases of the esophagus. At that time in Israel the epidemic of poliomyelitis raged. Because poliomyelitis is an infectious disease, children were isolated and sent to isolation centers and hospitals at the slightest suspicion. Often – without any accompanying documents. After that, parents were often informed that their child was dead and already buried. Most of the parents did not attend the funeral and did not receive a death certificate. As it turned out later, many children did die in hospitals, but almost no one was looking for the families of the surviving “nameless” children, and they were transferred to the sanatorium of the WIZO Society, where they were given for adoption.
            Thus, according to the official version, in the first years of the founding of the State of Israel, more than a thousand children, mostly Eastern-born babies, disappeared. Two-thirds of these children come from Yemeni families

        • Hannibal

          A true tell tale of the wickedness of the zionist agenda… The European fake jews wiping out the true Middle Eastern Jews.

          • vs

            don’t be idiot, Hannibal

          • Hannibal

            Personal attack… Argue the point or I will ban you.

  • vs

    20.06 The US announced the liquidation of the supreme mufti of the “Islamic state”

  • Niemals

    The following gathering in the front of the Finsbury Park Mosque to ‘pray’ after the van rammed over worshippers was nothing but pure ram provocation against British society.
    Was the Mosque overcrowded? –
    this act stinks!