Britain’s terrorist alert has now reached the “severe” level, which means an attack is highly likely after yet another terrorist mowed down a group of people as they left Ramadan prayers at a London mosque early Monday. It’s been reported that the suspect was seen on video blowing a kiss at bystanders as he was taken away for a mental health evaluation.
At least one person was killed and 10 others injured in the attack, which authorities now say was terrorism.
People outside of the Muslim Welfare House where the attack took place where reportedly shouting at the at the 48-year-old perpetrator, “Why did you do that? Why?” as he was arrested Sunday night.
Now labeled a “hate crime,” which has been attributed to Islamophobia, police say that Muslim worshipers were leaving Finsbury Park Mosque shortly after midnight after Ramadan prayers when the attack occurred. Eight of the wounded were taken to three hospitals, while two who received minor injuries were treated at the scene.
Calling for British mosques to receive extra security, Harun Khan of the Muslim Council of Britain had this to say: “During the night, ordinary British citizens were set upon while they were going about their lives, completing their night worship. It appears from eyewitness accounts that the perpetrator was motivated by Islamophobia.”
London’s first Muslim Mayor, Sadiq Khan, called the incident a “horrific terrorist attack” and said extra police are being deployed.
Complaining that the “mainstream media” waited for hours before announcing that the attack was terror-related, Mohammed Kozbar, chairman of the Finsbury Park Mosque, said the Muslim community is “in shock” and warned Muslims going to mosques to be vigilant.
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