We still don’t know much about the latest London terror attack– the attack that appeared to target Muslims leaving the Finsbury Park mosque. According to one witness, the prime suspect shouted, “I’m going to kill all Muslims, I’m going to kill all Muslims.”
Abdulrahman Saleh Alamoudi said he was among a group of people helping an elderly worshipper who had fallen down, perhaps because of the heat, when the van swerved towards them.
‘I think at least eight or 10 people got injured. Luckily I managed to escape. And then the guy came out of his van and I got him.
‘He was screaming, he was saying, ‘I’m going to kill all Muslims, I’m going to kill all Muslims’. He was throwing punches.
‘Then we managed to get him on the floor. Then he was saying, ‘Kill me, kill me’. I said, ‘We are not going to kill you. Why did you do that?’ He wouldn’t say anything.’
Salah Alamoudi said eight people were hit and up to three of them were in a ‘life-threatening’ condition.
He said that they had to hold the suspect on the ground for up to half an hour before police arrived.
‘The guy, I had to keep him at least half an hour. He was a strong guy. A big man,’ he said.
‘It was heartbreaking. It wasn’t an accident.’
Needless to say, it sounds like this was some sort of sick revenge attack against Muslims. That’s one of the theories. The other theory– which is less popular– is that the attacker was a super radicalized Muslim who decided to attack those Muslims for not being radical.
That being said, let me make this perfectly clear. *clears throat*
The man who carried out this attack is a piece of human waste. We condemn his actions in the absolute strongest possible terms. Attacking innocent people is despicable, regardless of the circumstances. I don’t care who carried out this attack. I don’t care about the color this guy’s skin or his religion. His actions are DESPICABLE. So if you– for one second– think we’re not going to condemn this, you’re high. Running over and terrorizing innocent people is AWFUL PERIOD. End of story.
I’m also seeing reports that there were two other suspects in the van (who got away). I also saw another unconfirmed report that one of the suspects tried to stab people.
— Hamza Sharif (@HamzaJourno) June 19, 2017
This is horrible, and COTR condemns it in the strongest possible terms– Islamic terrorism or not.
Again, this story is still developing. We still have more questions than answers, and we’ll update you as we find out more.
Update: One person has died.
— Metropolitan Police (@metpoliceuk) June 19, 2017