London mosque attack leaves one dead and several injured

Officials in London have levied terrorism charges again the man who plowed a rented truck into a crowd that had stopped to assist an ill man outside the Muslim Welfare House near Finsbury Park Mosque just after midnight today.

The attack was the fourth since March in Britain, and the third to involve a vehicle deliberately driven at pedestrians in London.

Some locals came onto the street in support of the mosque on Monday, holding up signs saying "We love our mixed community" and "Leave our Muslim neighbours alone".

Condemning the incident, Prime Minister Theresa May said: "This is a bad incident", adding, "All my thoughts are with those who have been injured, their loved ones, and the emergency services on the scene".

One person died at the scene although it is not yet clear if this was the result of the attack.

He said: "I couldn t believe when I realised it was him who was accused".

"The appalling attack stands against the shared values of the Philippines and the United Kingdom as peace-loving and tolerant societies that respect all religions", the DFA said in a statement.

Mr Osborne is understood to have grown up in Weston-super-Mare, Somerset, and have four children, the BBC reports.

"Terrorism, extremism and hatred take many forms and our determination to tackle them must be the same", May said, adding there has been "far too much tolerance of extremism".

A previous version of this story has been corrected to show that the identification of the suspect was reported by British media, not police. "I m a Muslim and he was never nasty or racist towards me", he said.

"(The van driver) tried to run away but we brought him down.

Nine people were taken to hospital after the attack.

London's first Muslim mayor, Sadiq Khan, called the incident a "horrific terrorist attack", and "clearly a deliberate attack on innocent Londoners, many of whom were finishing prayers during the holy month of Ramadan".

Police said extra personnel had been deployed to reassure Muslim communities in London and security outside mosques would be reviewed.

Witnesses said the suspect was smiling and waving as he brought carnage to Seven Sisters Road, with video posted online showing him give a nonchalant wave as police put him in the back of their vehicle.

Flowers have been laid near the scene, one card reading: "This is an attack on all Londoners - and on my community".

Vanessa Coleman

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