British PM May: 'Hatred and evil will never succeed'
British Prime Minister Theresa May said hatred and evil would never succeed.
She was speaking after a van ploughed into worshippers outside a London mosque after Ramadan prayers on Monday (19 June) .
Mrs May said extra police resources would be deployed to provide reassurance after the attack.
“This was an attack on Muslims near their place of worship and like all terrorism in whatever form it shares the same fundamental goal. It seeks to drive us apart and to break the precious bonds of solidarity and citizenship that we share in this country. We will not let this happen.”
The PM later met with community leaders on a visit to the mosque in London’s Finsbury Park.
She condemned the attack as “every bit as sickening” as other recent terrorist outrages.
A van swerved into a group of mainly North and West African people shortly after midnight as they left prayers at the Muslim Welfare House and the nearby Finsbury Park Mosque in north London, one of the biggest in Britain.
The driver, a 48-year-old white man, was grabbed at the scene by locals and pinned down until police arrived. He was arrested on suspicion of attempted murder. He has since been further arrested on terror grounds.
After being seized, the man said he had wanted to kill “many Muslim people,” one witness told journalists.
A man, who had earlier suffered a heart attack, died at the scene but it was not clear if his death was connected to the van attack.
“This morning, our country woke to news of another terrorist attack on the streets of our capital city: the second this month and every bit as sickening as those which have come before,” May told reporters outside her Downing Street office.
“This was an attack on Muslims near their place of worship,” said May who later visited the mosque.
The attack was the fourth since March in Britain and the third to involve a vehicle deliberately driven at pedestrians.
It came at a tumultuous time for the government with Britain starting complex divorce talks with the European Union and May negotiating with a small Northern Irish party to stay in power after losing her parliamentary majority in a snap election that backfired.