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Archbishop of Canterbury condemns ‘appalling’ attack on Finsbury Park mosque

PUBLISHED: 10:16 19 June 2017

Emergency service workers at Finsbury Park in north London. Photo credit should read: Yui Mok/PA Wire

Emergency service workers at Finsbury Park in north London. Photo credit should read: Yui Mok/PA Wire

Police have confirmed they are treating the attack as terrorism

An attack on a London mosque which saw Muslim worshippers mowed down by a van has been slammed by the Archbishop of Canterbury as “appalling”.

Police have confirmed they are treating the attack, which left one man dead and many more injured on Seven Sisters Road in the early hours of Monday morning in Finsbury Park, as terrorism.

The van driver, described by witnesses as a large white man, was detained by members of the public after claiming to shout “I’m going to kill all Muslims”.

Responding to the attack, archbishop Justin Welby said: “The freedom to worship without fear is a right we cherish as a nation and was won at great human cost over many years.

“The appalling attack on Muslims in Finsbury Park is an attack on us all and on the culture and values of our country.

“At a time when we are all grieving the loss of so many precious people in London and Manchester, this brutal attack can only compound the trauma.

“Violence only begets more violence - it serves only the interests of those who would terrorise others.

“This wanton and cruel act can produce no good and cannot be justified or excused. In exactly the same way as previous recent attacks it is a crime against God and against humanity.”

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