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17:58, 19 June 2017

U.K. police investigating van attack in London as terrorism

AKIPRESS.COM - The authorities in Britain said on Monday that they were treating an early morning attack near a mosque in London as a possible act of terrorism, amid fears of retaliation for several recent assaults in the country attributed to Islamist extremists, NYTreported.

Shortly after midnight, a van rammed into a group of pedestrians near the Finsbury Park Mosque, in north London. One person died at the scene and 10 were wounded, but the authorities said it was not immediately clear if the attack was responsible for the man’s death.

Speaking in front of her offices at 10 Downing Street, Prime Minister Theresa May denounced the attack as an act of “hatred” and “evil” against innocent civilians during the holy month of Ramadan.

Seeking to capture the mood of a wounded but unbowed city, Mrs. May noted that Monday’s attack had happened “at a difficult time in the life of the city,” but she said that the capital was an “extraordinary city” of “extraordinary people,” and that British values of freedom of speech and freedom of religion would prevail.

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