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British PM May visits mosque after van attack

Germany giving condolenses, moment of silence held

LONDON - British Prime Minister Theresa May is visiting London's Finsbury Park Mosque, meeting with members of a community trying to come to terms with an attack in which a van barreled into a crowd of worshippers leaving Ramadan prayers.

May met with representatives from a variety of faiths only hours after the incident early Monday. She has praised the bravery of members of the public who detained the driver of a van that plowed into a crowd of worshippers outside a London mosque.

The German government is also offering its condolences. Chancellor Angela Merkel's spokesman, Steffen Seibert, said Monday that the government's sympathy goes to the victims and their relatives, the London mosque community and "all our friends in London and Britain who are barely able to find peace at the moment."   

Seibert calls the attack "an act of blind hatred - and that would give it a place in the terrorist acts of recent weeks and months."           

The chairman of the Finsbury Park Mosque and other faith leaders in London held a moment of silence for the victims around 1p.m. local time Monday.   

After the silence, Mohammed Kozbar read a brief statement declaring that an "an attack on one faith is an attack on all faiths."   

Kozbar was surrounded by leaders of other faiths in the community and by Labour Party leader Jeremy Corbyn, who is the local member of Parliament for the area.

Ten people were injured in the early Monday attack on worshippers coming out of the Finsbury Park Mosque in London.   

A 48-year-old white man has been arrested and charged with attempted murder and police say they're investigating it as a terror attack. Ten people have been injured. A man who was being given first aid at the time died at the scene, but it's not clear if he died as a direct result of the attack.


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