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London Police Say Mosque Attack 'Clearly' Aimed at Muslims

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London's police commander says the van attack near Finsbury Park Mosque was clearly an attack on Muslims.
    
Commander Cressida Dick, speaking Monday in the London neighborhood of Finsbury Park, says people in Muslim communities will see more of their police protecting them in the coming days.

The BBC reports that the suspect is 47-year-old Darren Osborne of Cardiff. He was arrested on suspicion of commission, preparation or instigation of terrorism including murder as well as attempted murder.
    
London Mayor Sadiq Khan, meanwhile, paid tribute to the local community who apprehended the attacker near the mosque, especially the religious leader who kept him safe from mob violence.
    
Khan says all these incidents are attacks on the city's shared values. He vows "we will not allow these terrorists to succeed ... we will stay a strong city." Khan also declared that British officials have "zero tolerance" for hate crimes.

British security officials say hate crimes directed at Muslims have increased nearly five-fold in the wake of several attacks in Britain blamed on Islamic extremists. 

An official says counterterrorism officials are closely monitoring terror activity linked to far-right groups but most of the recent attacks have been traced back to individuals rather than groups. 

Ten people have been injured by a 48-year-old white man plowing a van into a crowd of worshippers.

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