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Muslim center’s imam protects Finsbury Park terror attack’s suspect from crowds

Monday 19-06-2017 - 10:59 AM
Finsbury Park Mosque attack: Hero imam who protected van suspect fought off crowd's kicks and punches | The Independent
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London - An imam from Muslim Welfare House, close to the scene of Finsbury Park terror attack in North London, was praised after he called on people to stay calm and prevented angry crowd from harming the perpetrator of the attack that left one person dead and 10 injured on Monday.
A van rammed into worshippers leaving prayers near Finsbury Park Mosque, north London. The 48-year-old driver of the van was caught by members of public at the scene and then arrested by police.
The angry crowd shouted at the perpetrator, who was pinned to the floor, while people’s anger continued when police turned up to take the man into custody. However, the imam led people and begged for calm. Imam-led crowd formed a small barrier around an officer who was trying to get the suspect into the back of a police van.

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Eyewitnesses told the “London Evening Standard” newspaper that the suspect shouted “kill me, kill me” as he was pinned down by onlookers before being arrested by police.
The Muslim Welfare House issued a statement on the “horrified attack” on worshippers, hailing the imam and his bravery.
“I would like to particularly thank our Imam Mohammed Mahmoud, whose bravery and courage helped calm the immediate situation after the incident and prevented further injuries and potential loss of life,” the statement said.
The house stressed that it has worked very hard over decades to “build a peaceful and tolerant community in Finsbury Park” and it totally condemns any act of hatred. The statement pointed out that the mosque and welfare center provides many people in North London with “vital support” and will continue to do so despite this incident.

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The house called on all, including the media, to “act responsibly” at this time, adding that police should be given time to do their job.
There were several terror attacks in United Kingdom during the last two months that claimed the lives of many innocent people.
The Islamic State terror organization (ISIS) claimed responsibility for some of these attacks.
In a similar attack this month, a van veered into pedestrians on London Bridge. There was also a knife attack in the nearby Borough Market area. The two attacks killed eight people and wounded many others, while the three perpetrators were killed by police.
In May, Manchester was also targeted, where a bomber killed more than 20 people and injured dozens at an Ariana Grande concert. ISIS claimed its responsibility for that attack.

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