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MSN: A tit-for-tat Islamophobic attack?
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MSN: A tit-for-tat Islamophobic attack?

The attack on Muslims returning home after tarawih prayers in Finsbury Park, north London late last night reeks of a tit-for-tat revenge - ramming into crowds, screaming death threats to Muslims and carrying knives with the intention to kill.

One worshipper has died but reports are coming in that the elderly victim was already receiving first aid from members of the congregation, after collapsing when the attack occurred.

Thus, according to police, it is still to be established if his death was caused by the attack.

Ten people have been injured when a van rammed into worshippers in what is now categorised as a “terrorist act”.

The driver, a white male, was heard screaming, “I’m going to kill all Muslims” and later when being led to the police van, he shouted: “Kill me! Kill me!”

The attack happened outside the Muslim Welfare House, close to the Finsbury Park Mosque, as the area was busy with worshippers who had been attending Ramadan night prayers.

It happened just as the country is reeling from the Grenfell Tower blaze that claimed 58 lives, the London Bridge and Westminster attacks.

The Muslim Council of Britain secretary-general Harun Khan has expressed his shock and outrage that worshippers had been targeted.

He was reported to have said, “Shocked and outraged to hear a van intentionally running over worshippers leaving Ramadan night prayers”.

Witnesses accounts pointed to “a deliberate attack against innocent Muslims”.

“And if that’s confirmed by authorities, it should be classed as a terror attack, no doubt about that,” Mohammed Shafiq, chief executive of the Ramadhan Foundation Muslim organisation, has said.

The European Jewish Congress condemned the attack, which was done “to escalate tensions in the country”.

Its president, Dr Moshe Kantor, said in a BBC interview, it was an “unconscionable attack” during the holy month of Ramadan.

“We condemn this attack and we stand firmly beside our Muslim brothers and sisters.

“An attack on one religion is an attack on all religions and all people and faiths must stand together against terror, ” he added.

 

Thursday, June 22, 2017
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