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British officials and Islamic leaders acted quickly to ease concerns among Muslims after an attack on a mosque early Monday.

"Immediately after the incident people were calm, people were praying for the victims of the attack and everybody knew there was nothing more they could do but pray and let the emergency services carry out their exemplary job".

At the same time, the statement warned people against Islamophobia, while calling on the global community "to unite so as to fight terrorism".

The use of a vehicle to mow down pedestrians drew horrifying parallels with the London Bridge attack, when three men drove a van into pedestrians before embarking on a stabbing spree, as well as with another auto and knife rampage in Westminster in March.

Ahmed Hajji, a 23-year-old local to Finsbury Park, said: "The police arrived late, which forced us to do a citizen's arrest of the man so he would not get away".

"Extra police resources have already been deployed to reassure communities, and police will continue to assess the security needs of mosques and provide any additional resources needed", she said.

Authorities presume that at least 79 people are now dead or missing.

Several bunches of flowers had been deposited outside the mosque as commuters went to work on Monday morning. "By God's grace we manage to surround him and to protect him from any harm", Mahmoud told reporters.

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The protesters were shouting slogans like "We Want Gorkhaland ", "SP Go Back", and the Gorkha soldier's battle cry "Jai Mahakali, Ayo Gorkhali".

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Police arrested Osborne on suspicion of commission, preparation or instigation of terrorism including murder as well as attempted murder after a vehicle ploughed into a crowd of pedestrians near a north London mosque. Eight people were killed and dozens were wounded before police fatally shot the three attackers.

Toufik Kacimi, head of the Muslim Welfare House, told Britain's Sky News the attack clearly targeted Muslims leaving evening prayers during Ramadan.

Harun Khan, secretary general of the Muslim Council of Britain, said that based on reports from witnesses, the driver was "motivated by Islamophobia".

The suspect was yanked from the cab of his van by a furious crowd as he sought to reverse and escape after injuring 10 people in what police said was a deliberate attack on Muslims that was being treated as terrorism.

STINCHFIELD: Alright, so we see an escalating number of attacks, as that is still under investigation. "This person was conscious".

London Mayor Sadiq Khan said the incident was an "attack on common values". Witnesses said the crowd began attacking him. After those attacks, the mosque was shut down and reorganized and has not been associated with radical views for more than a decade.

Britain's terrorist alert has been set at "severe", meaning an attack is highly likely.

The attack comes just over two weeks after three Islamist militants drove into pedestrians on London Bridge and stabbed people at nearby restaurants and bars, killing eight.


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