ENFIELD police have stepped up their presence in the aftermath of the Finsbury Park terrorist attack.
The move to increase numbers outside the nine mosques in Enfield – including Palmers Green and Edmonton Islamic Centre in Raynham Road - is in direct response to the atrocity which left one man dead and another eight seriously injured in the early hours of this morning (Monday).
The attacker struck as the area was busy with worshippers attending Ramadan night prayers at Finsbury Park mosque.
He drove a van into worshippers outside the Muslim Welfare House.
Doug Taylor, leader of Enfield council said:
“We are shocked and saddened by the events in North London at Seven Sisters Road last night. Our thoughts are with the family of the victim and all those who are injured. London is a place of many cultures, faiths and nationalities. An attack on one community affects us all.
“Following the incident, we have been advised by the Metropolitan Police that people will see an increased number of officers on duty across London.
“In addition, security will be stepped up around local mosques in light of last night’s repugnant act. These security measures will continue for as long as necessary.”
Eight people were taken to hospital after the attack outside the mosque, which is also a community centre.
A 48-year-old man has been arrested on suspicion of attempted murder.
A statement from Palmers Green mosque, Oakthorpe Road, said: “As peaceful worshippers readied themselves after Tarawih for their suhoor, they fell victim to a terrible attack outside Finsbury Park Mosque.
“Whomever did this, if they have intentionally attacked pedestrians they are plain and simply terrorists and should be treated as all terrorists, with condemnation and they must face the full force of the law.
“These times are challenging and difficult but we pray that Allah protects us and all other peaceful peoples at these difficult times. Please look after yourselves, your friends, families, colleagues and neighbours and remain vigilant. We won’t let the terrorists win, and we will continue to go about our daily business.”