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Jun 19, 2017 7:13 AM

UK Prime Minister calls van attack 'sickening' as investigation continues

The Associated Press

LONDON (AP) —UK Prime Minister Theresa May has described an attack on a north London mosque attack as a "sickening" attempt to destroy liberties that unite Britain, such as freedom of worship.

May says the man who plowed a van into a crowd of people leaving evening prayers acted alone and that people outside the mosque apprehended him.

Ten people were injured and police are investigating whether a man who died while being given first aid at the scene died from the attack or something else.

May praised the resolve of the people of London in responding to the incident and said extra police resources have already been deployed to assure the public in a time of tension.

Toufik Kacimi, chief executive of the Muslim Welfare House, tells Sky News there is no "need to react with tension."

Kacimi says the attacker shouted at the crowd, but that the local imam intervened to save his life.

Kacimi says people grabbed the attacker outside the Finsbury Park Mosque and started hitting him. He says the imam "went there and saved him. He saved his life basically."

The chairman of the Finsbury Park Mosque, Mohammed Kozbar, has complained that the "mainstream media" was unwilling to call the attack a terrorist incident for many hours.

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