20 June, 2017
Authorities said the incident was being treated as a terror attack.
"This was an attack on Muslims near their place of worship", said May who later visited the mosque.
All of the casualties injured in the attack, which happened at around 12.20am, were Muslim and the area was busy after Ramadan night prayers. This is the 3rd terrorist attack on London in 3 months. He has since been further arrested on terror grounds.
In a statement issued around six hours after the incident, the Finsbury Park Mosque condemned the "heinous terrorist attack" and said: "We are extremely unhappy with the mainstream media not reporting this as a terrorist attack, whereas they are very swift in describing attacks involving individuals professing to be Muslims and acting in the name of Islam".
Neighbour Khadijeh Sherizi said: "I saw him on the news and I thought "oh my God" that is my neighbour".
At a press conference later Monday, Mahmoud credited "other brothers" for assisting in protecting the man from angry onlookers until police arrived.
Details about the assailant were sketchy, but the assault - the most dramatic against Muslims in London in recent years - suggested a new, unsafe level of polarization in British society.
But the attack also laid bare the frustrations of a community who believe they've been unfairly equated with extremists who have carried out atrocities in the name of Islam. France's anti-terrorism prosecutor opened an investigation. "I don't think people understand how much these attacks affect all of us".
Later, she visited Finsbury Park Mosque and met people from a variety of faiths. It has not been associated with radical views for more than a decade.
The minister used the occasion to explain the continued need for a state of emergency, in place since 2015, and plans to extend it until November 1, to be presented at a Cabinet meeting Wednesday.
Another witness, Adil Rana, told the Guardian, "The driver jumped out and then he was pinned down to the floor and people were punching him and beating him, which was reasonable because of what he's done".
Mohammed Shafiq of the Ramadhan Foundation, a Muslim organisation which speaks out against extremism, said: "I utterly condemn the senseless and evil van attack against Muslim worshippers outside the Finsbury Park Mosque in London".
Manchester was also hit on May 22 when a suicide bomber killed 22 people at an Ariana Grande concert.