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Finsbury Park mosque attack in London: Statement from the Sikh Federation (UK)

June 20, 2017 | By

London: One person died and 11 were injured in the early hours of Monday morning after a van was driven into a crowd of Muslim worshippers in Finsbury Park, in north London.

Police said the man who died was already being treated for an unrelated ailment and they are still investigating whether or not his death was related to the attack. Of those who were injured, nine were taken to hospital and two were treated for minor injuries at the scene.

The victims were all Muslims and the incident was declared a “terror attack on the Muslim population”. Witnesses said the driver shouted: “I want to kill all Muslims”, before onlookers pinned him to the ground. He was protected from a crowd by an Imam and other men, who have been credited with saving his life.

Statement by the Sikh Federation UK reads as follows:

S. Amrik Singh GIll, Chairman of Sikh Federation UK [File Photo]

Bhai Amrik Singh, the Chair of the Sikh Federation (UK) has responded to the Finsbury Park incident, saying:

“Our thoughts and prayers are with all those affected by the appalling incident at Finsbury Park.”

“Worryingly vehicles in London have once again become the latest weapon in the hands of terrorists. Unfortunately this means every innocent pedestrian going about their daily lives has become a target.”

“The incidents in the last three months suggest there needs to be an honest dialogue and a fundamental shift in the way government tackles all forms of hate.”

“Hate must be stamped out by directly confronting all those who promote an ideology and philosophy based on hate and terror.”

“Sikh teachings, history and the Sikh way of life offers not only hope, but direction on how to tackle hate and terror. Those making policies in governments across the globe need to draw upon belief systems and thinking designed to deal with hate head on.”

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