Sadiq Khan, the Mayor of London, has described the Finsbury Park incident as a “horrific terrorist attack”.
He wrote: “My thoughts and prayers are with everyone affected. I am grateful to our emergency services, who responded quicky and have been working on the scene throughout the night.
“We don’t yet know the full details, but this was clearly a deliberate attack on innocent Londoners, many of whom were finishing prayers during the holy month of Ramadan.
While this appears to be an attack on a particular community, like the terrible attacks in Manchester, Westminster and London Bridge it is also an assault on all out shared values of tolerance, freedom and respect.”
Diane Abott, the Shadow Home Secretary, has called for a security review for all mosques.
The Labour MP, whose Hackney North constituency neighbours Finsbury Park, tweeted: “Terror attack outside #FinsburyPark mosque. Police must urgently review security for all mosques #StandTogether.”
Theresa May has said that police are treating the incident ”as a potential terrorist attack”.
The Prime Minister added: “I will chair an emergency meeting later this morning. All my thoughts are with the victims, their families and the emergency services on the scene.”
The Muslin Council of Britain has called for extra security around mosques after “the most violent manifestation” of Islamophobia to date.
The council’s secretary general Harun Khan said: “Over the past weeks and months, Muslims have endured many incidents of Islamophobia and this is the most violent manifestation to date.
“Given we are approaching the end of the month of Ramadan and the celebration of Eid with many Muslims going to local mosques, we expect the authorities to increase security outside mosques as a matter of urgency.
“Muslim communities have been calling for increased action to tackle the growth in hate crime for many years and transformative action must now be taken to tackle not only this incident but the hugely worrying growth in Islamophobia.”
This is being viewed as a terrorist attack although reading between the lines it is an act unertaken by a racist white man in a white van, probably with mental health problems.