theguardian.com - 6 days ago
Imam praised for protecting Finsbury Park suspect from crowd
Three men who say they helped to restrain the suspect in the attack near a north London mosque have praised an imam who urged the crowd not to do him any harm.
After a van ploughed into a group of people in Finsbury Park, members of the public wrestled the suspect to the ground. An imam from the Muslim Welfare House then urged the crowd to remain calm. “The imam came from the mosque and he said, ‘Listen we are fasting, this is Ramadan, we are not supposed to do these kinds of things so please step back,’” said Mohammed, one of three men who held the suspect down. “For that reason this guy is still alive today,” added Mohammed, a 29-year-old cafe owner. “This is the only reason. If the imam was not there he wouldn’t be there today.” Finsbury Park terror attack: 'Every bit as sickening' as previous attacks, says Theresa May – latest updates Read more The imam was named by the Muslim Welfare House as Mohammed Mahmoud.
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