June 19, 2017 / 12:59 PM / 2 months ago

Man behind UK mosque attack not known to security services-minister

LONDON, June 19 (Reuters) - A man who drove a van into worshippers near a London mosque on Monday was not known to the security services in terms of far-right extremism, British minister Ben Wallace said.

"This man was not known to the authorities in the space of extremism or far-right extremism," Wallace, junior minister for security in the Home Office, or interior ministry, told Sky News.

The attack on a group of people leaving prayers at the Muslim Welfare House and the nearby Finsbury Park Mosque in north London injured 10 people in what Prime Minister Theresa May has called a sickening, terrorist attack on Muslims.

Reporting by Kate Holton, editing by Estelle Shirbon

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