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Corriere della Sera: London, vans against the faithful near the mosque: 1 dead, 10 injured. Scotland Yard: It's terrorism
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Corriere della Sera: London, vans against the faithful near the mosque: 1 dead, 10 injured. Scotland Yard: It's terrorism

A van swept some people in the Finsbury Park area, north of the British capital, near the mosque. Ten wounded, a confirmed victim, but his death could be disconnected from the attack. The man driving was arrested

A terrorist act against Muslims: this is the scenario that emerges a few hours after the attack last night in London when, shortly after midnight on Monday night (one night in Italy) a van swept some people At Seven Sisters Road, in the Finsbury Park area. The budget, for now still temporary, speaks of a dead and 10 injured, two of which are less seriously cared for on the spot. A 48-year-old white man, unknown to UK security services, was arrested for attempted murder: he was driving the vehicle, which was hired by a company in Wales. According to some witnesses he would shout: "I kill all Muslims." For Scotland Yard there are no doubts: "It was a terrorist act." The police confirmed that the attacker acted alone and "there was no one else in the van," a circumstance confirmed by Prime Minister Theresa May at a press conference. 

Victim and security

The victim is a man who already had an illness, perhaps a heart attack in progress, to which the faithful just came out of the mosque were helping (but it is "too premature to say if his death is the result of the attack," he says police). Meanwhile, the area was isolated, policemen deployed throughout the city and reinforced the presence of police in places of worship in London after the terrorist attack on the Finsbury Park mosque. Scotland Yard has pledged to "protect Muslims" in their places of prayer in London, reinforcing surveillance from "coming days." And labor mayor Sadiq Khan has put a stash on the government: "I've been saying this for 13 months - Khan said - that I'm worried about Met Police resources." 

The Muslim Council speaks of "deliberate act"

The British Muslim Council called the attack "the most violent manifestation of Islamophobia," and urged British authorities to strengthen security around the UK's mosques. "During the weeks and in the previous months, Muslims have endured many Islamophobia accidents and this is the most violent manifestation to date," said Harun Khan, Secretary General of the Council, worried about the end of Ramadan's month and the celebration Of Eid "with many Muslims going to the local mosques". For this reason, "we expect the authorities to increase security outside these places." He is also condemned by the President of the European Jewish Congress, Moshe Kantor, who spoke of "an unconscionable attack on Muslim believers in their holy month of Ramadan" and addressed a message of solidarity with Islamic "brothers and sisters".

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Tuesday, June 20, 2017
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