London mayor gives lame-duck statement on mosque attack

In remarks condemning Sunday night’s Finsbury Park attack, London Mayor Sadiq Khan declared on Monday that “terrorism is terrorism,” and pledged not to allow terror to divide the city.

One person was killed and 10 injured when a man drove a van through a group of worshippers outside the Finsbury Park mosque.

According to witnesses, bystanders intervened and restrained the driver who reportedly shouted that he wanted to “kill Muslims.”

Police confirmed that a 48-year-old man was arrested at the scene and that counterterrorism officials have launched an investigation into the incident.

“This is a truly horrific terrorist attack on our city that deliberately targeted innocent Londoners,” Kahn said on BBC Radio 4’s Monday broadcast. “Terrorism is terrorism whether it’s Islamist inspired, or inspired by others.

“London has been through an extremely difficult time, it’s been a tough few weeks. But I’m so confident that we’re going to come through this. We’ll be strong, we’ll stay strong. We will not allow these people to divide us.”

Kahn’s remarks came after the mosque castigated the media for not immediately referring to the attack as a terrorist act. The mosque released a statement to worshippers criticizing the “selective” reporting of some media outlets as “unacceptable” just weeks after terrorist attacks in Westminster, Manchester and London Bridge.

“We’ve seen over the recent past an increasing number of individuals trying to cause terror in our society,” Kahn said. “One of the objectives of these terrorists, whether they’re Islamist inspired or inspired elsewhere, is they seek to fuel division and divide us.

“And one of the best ways, the best antidotes, to that hatred is to not allow it to succeed.”

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