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Theresa May: The Finsbury Park Mosque attack was 'evil' terrorism that will never succeed

Business Insider UK logoBusiness Insider UK 19/06/2017 (Adam Payne)
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LONDON — Prime Minister Theresa May has denounced the attack on Finsbury Park Mosque as an "act of evil" against the "ordinary and innocent".

Speaking at Number 10 Downing Street on Monday morning, May said no act of terrorism will succeed in dividing Britain.

"It was an attack that targeted the ordinary and the innocent," the prime minister said.

"Today we come together as we have done before to condemn this act and state an act of hatred of this kind will never succeed in dividing us.

"Like all terrorism, in whatever form, it shares the same goal: to drive us apart. We will not let this happen.

"There has been far too much tolerance of extremism in this country," May added. "That's extremism of any kind — including Islamaphobia".

The prime minister was speaking in Westminster after a man who is yet to be named drove a white van into a group of worshippers exiting Finsbury Park Mosque, north London in the early hours of Monday morning.

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The attack has killed one man and injured 10 others, so far. A 48-year-old man has been arrested. The police confirmed at 6:53 a.m. BST (1:53 a.m. ET) that they are not looking for anyone else in connection with the attack.

May confirmed that a white man, aged 48, was behind the attack, and was detained by members of the public at the scene in north London before being arrested by police. He could not yet be named for legal reasons.

She added that extra police forces have already been deployed on the streets of London, while security services will consider giving additional security to mosques in London and nationwide.

May chaired an emergency COBRA meeting on Monday morning following the attack.

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