SECURITY at Britain’s mosques needs to be urgently stepped up following the Finsbury Park terror attack, the Muslim Council of Britain said yesterday.
The council, representing 500 mosques, schools and Muslim associations, said the deadly attack was “the most violent manifestation” of Islamophobia.
“It appears from eyewitness accounts that the perpetrator was motivated by Islamophobia,” said MCB secretary general Harun Khan.
“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.”
London Mayor Sadiq Khan said the Metropolitan Police had deployed more officers to patrol around mosques.
He said: “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 … it is also an assault on all our shared values of tolerance, freedom and respect.
“The situation is still unfolding and I urge all Londoners to remain calm and vigilant. Please report anything suspicious to the police, but only call 999 in an emergency.
“The Met have deployed extra police to reassure communities, especially those observing Ramadan.”
Rabbi Herschel Gluck, president of Shomrim, a Jewish neighbourhood watch group, was at the police cordon to show “solidarity” with the community.
He said he held “deep shock and deep concern about the ramifications of this terrorist atrocity.” email@example.com