London (AFP) – Worshippers leaving a London mosque early Monday were helping an elderly man who had collapsed when a van deliberately rammed them, driven by an attacker who shouted: “I want to kill all Muslims”, witnesses said.
Shortly after midnight, the van swerved towards people who had just left prayers at the Finsbury Park Mosque and the Muslim Welfare House in north London and were assisting their stricken fellow worshipper.
The man who collapsed was pronounced dead at the scene and 10 people were injured, with eight taken to hospital.
But the driver, pinned to the ground and facing a mob beating, was saved by the Welfare House imam who ordered infuriated younger men to stand back.
“He just drove at people,” witness Abdiqadir Warra told AFP of the attacker. “Some of them he took a few metres.
“The old man was also on the ground, and I see some people were also injured. Some of them…
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