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Man behind mosque attack not known to security services - minister
June 19, 2017 / 1:13 PM / 5 months ago

Man behind mosque attack not known to security services - minister

LONDON (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.

Police officers attend to the scene after a vehicle collided with pedestrians in the Finsbury Park neighbourhood of North London. REUTERS/James Cropper

“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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