A witness to the London Mosque terror attack has detailed a growing climate of fear among the Muslim community over reprisal attacks after a spate of terrorist activity.
Witness Adhil claimed on Sky News that he believed the incident was a response to the London Bridge terror attack two weeks.
He said: “It doesn’t take anyone to work out what has happened. This is blatantly a response to what has happened in London Bridge.
“But, I would like to say that the response time by the police was ridiculous.
“It took the police one hour to come. I don’t understand why it took them so long to come.
“When the London Bridge attack happened it was a six-minute response time, when Lee Rigby’s attack happened it was a four minute response time and on top of that, the ambulance response time was ten minutes.
“Today the ambulance took 45 minutes to come.”
This account is at odds with the Metropolitan Police’s official statement on the incident.
Deputy Assistant Commissioner Neil Basu, the Senior National Coordinator for Counter Terrorism said: “From 00:21hrs this morning police received a number calls to Seven Sisters Road following a van having collided with pedestrians.
“Officers were in the immediate vicinity as the attack unfolded and responded instantly. Additional officers arrived within 10 minutes.”
Adhil claimed the attack had left his community feeling scared. He said: “people have died today and as Muslims we don’t feel safe going to the mosque anymore, we are being victimised.
“The Muslim community, which are messaging each other on social media saying stick together, be vigilant. Why do we have to feel this way to go to the mosque and feel we can’t walk freely to the mosque.
“We feel victimised, no one feels safe anymore.”
Harun Khan, Secretary General of the Muslim Council of Britain, said many will feel “terrorised, no doubt be angry and saddened” after the attack.
Mr Khan called for increased security outside UK mosques as a “matter of urgency” after the terror attack, which took place as worshippers attended Ramadan night prayers.
In a statement, he said: “Over the past weeks and months, Muslims have endured many incidents of Islamophobia, and this is the most violent manifestation to date.
“Given we are approaching the end of the month of Ramadan and the celebration of Eid with many Muslims going to local mosques, we expect the authorities to increase security outside mosques as a matter of urgency.
“Muslim communities have been calling for increased action to tackle the growth in hate crime for many years and transformative action must now be taken to tackle not only this incident but the hugely worrying growth in Islamophobia.”
The van driver, described by eyewitnesses as a large white man, was detained by members of the public after the attack in Seven Sisters Road at 12.20am on Monday.
One witness described being surrounded by bodies in the wake of the attack outside the Muslim Welfare House, close to Finsbury Park Mosque.
Police confirmed the incident occurred as worshippers were leaving the Finsbury Park Mosque and counter-terrorism officers are investigating the incident.
The Home Secretary told Sky News London has woken up to another “terrible incident” overnight which has left one dead and eight people injured.
Ms Rudd said: “We have again woken up to another terrible incident in London where a man has taken hold of a van and driven it into a group of innocent people in Finsbury Park.
“There is one fatality that we know about and a number of casualties and the police are treating it as a terrorist incident.”