South Florida Muslims React to London Mosque Attack

South Florida Muslims React to London Mosque Attack

In a statement issued around six hours after the incident, the Finsbury Park Mosque condemned the "heinous terrorist attack" and said: "We are extremely unhappy with the mainstream media not reporting this as a terrorist attack, whereas they are very swift in describing attacks involving individuals professing to be Muslims and acting in the name of Islam". "And then the imam of the mosque actually came out and said: "Don't hit him, hand him over to the police, pin him down".

Police vehicles were seen at the rear of a residence in Cardiff as searches are being held in connection to this morning's attack.

Mohamed said he will use the attack in London to remind members how to respond to such violence.

"He was saying "I wanna kill more people, I wanna kill more Muslims", Aidroos told BBC TV.

Adil Rana, 24, who was outside the mosque when the van drove towards the crowd, said some people had initially attacked the suspect.

The ambulance service says nine people injured in the attack were taken to local hospitals.

Sunderland City Council leader Paul Watson, said: "Our thoughts and prayers go out to all those caught up in the attack near Finsbury Park mosque". "And the reason that so many people have turned up today from all sorts of different faith communities is because we want to stand in solidarity with our Muslim brothers and sisters". Witnesses said during the London attack the suspect screamed that he wanted to kill Muslims.

Mahmoud says "By God's grace, we were able to protect him from harm".

Speaking to reporters on Monday afternoon, Mahmoud said he had not been the only one urging restraint. "I can assure you we will do our utmost to calm down ill intentions". Five people were killed in that attack.

"Especially with London, they have been beefing up security with more surveillance cameras, people in the parking lot, some have undercover cops being paid to keep an eye on Islamic institutions", Mohamed said. "The crowd was extremely angry, unhappy, so some people started acting violently too", said Kacimi.

The mosque itself gained notoriety more than a decade ago for sermons by radical cleric Abu Hamza al-Masri, who was sentenced to life in a US prison in January 2015 after being convicted of terrorism-related charges. "It is a tragic and barbaric terrorist attack".

In March, a man plowed a rented SUV into pedestrians on London's Westminster Bridge, killing four people before stabbing a police officer to death outside Parliament.

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