«I think at least eight or 10 people got injured. Luckily I managed to escape. And then the guy came out of his van and I got him.
«He was screaming, he was saying, ‘I’m going to kill all Muslims, I’m going to kill all Muslims’. He was throwing punches.
«Then we managed to get him on the floor. Then he was saying, ‘Kill me, kill me’. I said, ‘We are not going to kill you. Why did you do that?’ He wouldn’t say anything.»
Salah Alamoudi said eight people were hit.
He said they had to hold the suspect on the ground for up to half an hour before police arrived.
«The guy, I had to keep him at least half an hour. He was a strong guy. A big man,» he said.
«It was heartbreaking. It wasn’t an accident.»
Det meldes om en opphetet stemning i Nord-London, hvor moskeen ligger. Stemningen var allerede spent på grunn av Grenfell Tower-brannen. Nå dette.
Statsminister Theresa May uttrykte den største beklagelse og sympati med ofrene. Hun har sittet ved makten mens Storbritannia har oppled tre terrorangrep på tre måneder. Nå kom hevnangrepet. Faren er at det eskalerer.
Det er ramadan og de religiøse følelsene er sterke.
Mannen slo til litt over midnatt. Den første nyhetsmeldingen gikk ut litt over kl 0100.
Finsbury moské har vært kjent som et arnestad for radikalisering i årevis. Ikke minst den enøyde imamen med sjørøverkrok, Abu Hamza al-Masri ble et symbol på islamsk radikalisering. Etter årelang kamp ble han utlevert til USA. Moskeen fikk ny ledelse og denne er mer moderat.
Finsbury Park Mosque has undergone wholesale changes under new leader Mohammed Kozbar, since the days when hook-handed Abu Hamza was imam there from 1997 until 2003.
Mr Kozbar told The Sun: ‘Whoever did this, he did it to hurt people and it’s a terrorist attack. We call it a terrorist attack as we called it in Manchester, Westminster and London Bridge.’
He added he heard there had been fatalities but did not want to ‘jump to conclusions.’
Flere vitner sa det var tre menn i bilen, men politiet vil ikke bekrefte det. Det ble også meldt om knivstikking på et annet sted.i byen, men politiet dementerer også dette. De sendte ut en melding etter tre timer:
At this stage there are no reports of any persons having suffered any knife injuries. The driver of the van – a man aged 48 – was found detained by members of public at the scene and then arrested by police in connection with the incident. He has been taken to hospital as a precaution, and will be taken into custody once discharged. He will also be subject of a mental health assessment in due course.