‘Don’t Hit Him, Pin Him Down’: Imam At Finsbury Park Mosque Saves Attacker’s Life

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In a scenario that is sadly becoming all too familiar, there has been another terrorist attack in London, this time at a mosque in Finsbury Park.

One person has died and 10 are injured after a man driving a white van ploughed into a group of pedestrians outside the place of worship on Sunday evening.

According to reports, local imam Mohammed Mahmoud is thought to have saved the attacker’s life after urging angry members of the public to pin him down and wait for the police to arrive rather than to hurt him.

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Speaking to The Independent, an eye witness who gave his name as Abdul said: “He tried to run away but we brought him down. He would’ve died because so many people were punching him but the imam came out and said ‘No more punching, let’s keep him down until the police come’.

“As he was being arrested he was laughing and smiling and shouting things about Muslims. I don’t want to say what but it was the sort of thing that made people want to punch him.”

Chief executive of nearby Muslim Welfare House, Toufik Kacimi, thanked Imam Mahmoud “whose bravery and courage helped calm the immediate situation after the incident and prevented further injuries and potential loss of life”.

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Police later confirmed that a 48-year-old suspect had been arrested on the suspicion of attempted murder. They are not seeking any further suspects in relation to this incident.

Metropolitan Police deputy assistant commissioner Neil Basu said the incident is being treated as a “terrorist attack”.

He went on to thank members of the public for restraining the attacker.

In a statement, Mayor of London Sadiq Khan said: “Like the terrible attacks in Manchester, Westminster and London Bridge it is also an assault on all our shared values of tolerance, freedom and respect.”

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