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Finsbury Park mosque attack: Sickening moment suspect blows kiss from police van after being detained

Evening Standard logo Evening Standard 19/06/2017 Sean Morrison

© Provided by Independent Print Limited This is the shocking moment the Finsbury Park terror suspect was filmed blowing a kiss from a police van after worshippers were mowed down near a mosque.

Police arrested the 48-year-old man on suspicion of attempted murder after one man died and several others were hurt in the attack in Seven Sisters road shortly after midnight on Monday.

Since the incident, footage emerged of the suspect blowing a kiss and waving at a camera from the police van after being detained.

The footage of the suspect was posted online and has been widely shared on social media.

Video: Finsbury Park mosque attack suspect filmed blowing kiss after being detained (@hooyomataalo/Twitter)

The man was tackled to the floor and pinned down by members of the public before officers arrived at the scene of the attack near the north London mosque.

Witnesses told the Standard the suspect shouted “kill me, kill me” as he was detained by onlookers before being arrested. Others said they heard “screaming and shouting.”

Dozens of people had just finished prayers at the mosque when a van ploughed into pedestrians at about 12.15am. The Metropolitan Police are treating the incident as a potential terror attack.

Police since confirmed the man has been arrested on suspicion of attempted murder. A spokesman for the Met said he has been taken to hospital as a precaution.

How the attack unfolded © PA How the attack unfolded He will be taken into custody once discharged and will also be subject of a mental health assessment, the spokesman added.

Counter terrorism officers are investigating.

The victims are believed to have been breaking fast at a cafe next to the mosque following late-night prayers observed during the Islamic holy month of Ramadan.

In other dramatic footage from the scene, bystanders can be seen restraining the man in the road as a large group of people surround them. Handcuffs are visible in the shot.

A second clip shows the man, who is white with black hair and wearing a blue top, being bundled towards a police van.


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