(London mosque attack) Caucasian suspect guarded by those whom he tried to slaughter

World | 19 Jun 2017 6:24 pm

An imam at the north London mosque warned the crowd against harming the van driver who plowed into Muslim worshippers early today until the police arrived, the news agency Press Association reported. The imam told the crowd: "Do not touch him.''

The suspected terrorist, identified as a Caucasian was wrestled to the ground by passersby after he had careered, reportedly smiling, through a crowd of pedestrians, including a man in a wheelchair.

BBC's Victoria Derbyshire, tweeted that "people were hitting [the attacker] and the Imam came out to tell them not to and to call the police.''

Following the carnage, the valor of an imam called Mohammed Mahmoud was also hailed by the religious community, the agency reported.

Toufik Kacimi, the chief executive of the Muslim Welfare House, said his "bravery and courage helped calm the immediate situation after the incident and prevented further injuries and potential loss of life.''

London Mayor Sadiq Khan, meanwhile, paid tribute to the local community who apprehended the attacker near the mosque, especially the religious leader who kept him safe from mob violence.

London Mayor Sadiq Khan, meanwhile, paid tribute to the local community who apprehended the attacker near the mosque, especially the religious leader who kept him safe from mob violence.

Khan says all these incidents are attacks on the city's shared values. He vows "we will not allow these terrorists to succeed ... we will stay a strong city.'' Khan also declared that British officials have "zero tolerance'' for hate crimes.

Witness Hussain Ali, 28, said that, while being restrained, the man was protected by the people he is thought to have been targeting.

He said: "The leader of the mosque said: ‘You do not touch him’. He was sitting and holding him like that, people kept holding him.

"All the police and helicopters came after around eight minutes.”-The Standard/AP



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