Police have confirmed that a major incident took place a couple of hours ago. A man has been arrested in London following an attack in Finsbury Park. The man ploughed into worshippers who were leaving the mosque after taraweeh prayers. The number of fatalities and those injured has yet to be confirmed.
CAGE Director, Adnan Siddiqui said:
“Our thoughts and prayers are with the victims of what appears to have been a deliberate attack on worshippers outside Muslim Welfare House in the Finsbury Park area as they left night prayers in the holy month of Ramadhan.
There can never be any justification for such acts which occur at a time of an epidemic rise in anti-Muslim hate crimes. We urge all to remain calm and do their utmost to not inflame an already volatile and distressing situation. We should allow for the investigation to continue and for facts to emerge.
We have always called for the Rule of Law to be applied so that we can assure the protection and safety of all people irrespective of their beliefs.
This is not the time to hold certain sections of society collectively guilty for the acts of a few criminals.
The cycles of violence that are devastating innocent lives must be brought to an end. After #Manchester and #LondonBridge, there is need for serious pause in order to find ways to safeguard the public from harm and bring an end to the cycle of violence.”
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