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cnn.com - 10 days ago

Imam hailed as hero for protecting attacker

Story highlights Imam Mohammed Mahmoud protected suspected attacker from angry crowd after van hit pedestrians Witnesses say 48-year-old driver had been pulled from van and was being kicked and punched Police, Mayor of London among those hailing imam's "bravery and courage" to step in and stop violence London (CNN) The imam of a Muslim center in London has been praised for his "bravery and courage" in stopping an angry crowd turning on the driver involved in a van attack.
One person died and eight people were wounded, two seriously, after the vehicle rammed into people leaving Ramadan prayers in Finsbury Park, north London, in the early hours of Monday morning. Imam Mohammed Mahmoud, of the Muslim Welfare House, has been hailed a hero for stepping in to protect the suspected attacker, a 48-year-old man, telling the furious mob: "Do not touch him." Photos: London vehicle hits pedestrians A forensics officer stands next to a van near the Finsbury Park Mosque after a van plowed into pedestrians on June 19, 2017 in London, England. One man was killed and eight people hospitalized when a van ran into pedestrians near a mosque in north London in an incident that is being investigated by counter-terrorism officers, police said on Monday. The 48-year-old male driver of the van "was found detained by members of the public at the scene and then arrested by police," a police statement said. Hide Caption 1 of 15 Photos: London vehicle hits pedestrians Forensic investigators work at the scene. Hide Caption 2 of 15 Photos: London vehicle hits pedestrians Police guard a street in the Finsbury Park area of north London after a vehicle hit pedestrians on June 19, 2017.
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