An imam intervened to stop local residents from beating a man accused of driving into people on Monday outside a London mosque after Ramadan prayers, and one official said "his bravery and courage" potentially saved the man's life.
Bystanders rushed to pin down the driver of the rented van and held him until the police arrived.
"Action to address Islamophobia is now urgent, especially in a context of growing securitization of Muslims", he added. "Muslims are terrorists" - what can we do?"
The 48-year-old driver was arrested by police after being detained by members of public at the scene.
The suspect who reportedly plowed his van into a crowd of people on late Sunday evening at Finsbury Park Mosque in North London, apparently screamed and shouted that he meant to take the lives of "all Muslims".
Scotland Yard released a statement saying the man has now been additionally arrested on suspicion of offences of murder and the commission, preparation or instigation of terrorism.
"I'm not making a suggestion, Wikipedia said.", the woman added before being interrupted. One man was pronounced dead at the scene and 10 people were injured, with eight of them being taken to the hospital.
Earlier this month on London Bridge, attackers used a vehicle and then knives to kill eight people and wound many others on the bridge and in the nearby Borough Market area.
London Mayor Sadiq Khan, the city's first Muslim mayor, called the incident a "horrific terrorist attack", which was "clearly a deliberate attack on innocent Londoners, many of whom were finishing prayers during the holy month of Ramadan".
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"We will not let this happen", May said.
Eisa, 41, a mother-of-two who arrived from Eritrea three years ago, had attended the Welfare Centre with her 12-year-old son late on Sunday night, leaving shortly before the van attack.
An imam stopped the crowd from hitting and kicking the attacker.
"This is where you would want your community cops out there reassuring, because the community would know them or hopefully trust them, reassuring the community and gathering what intelligence might be out there and there's a lot".
London is once again waking up to another terror attack.
"This is being treated as a terrorist attack and the Counter-Terrorism Command is investigating", said Neil Basu, senior national coordinator for terrorism at the Met.
"While this appears to be an attack on a particular community, like the awful attacks in Manchester, Westminster and London Bridge it is also an assault on all our shared values of tolerance, freedom and respect", he said. It said its prayers are with the victims.
All of the victims in the Monday morning attack are Muslim, according to reports.
The threat from extreme right-wing groups has been growing in recent years, he said, noting that 16% of all terror arrests in the year to March were classed as "domestic extremism".
Manchester was also hit in May when a bomber killed more than 20 people at an Ariana Grande concert. "This was an attack on London and all Londoners and we should all stand together against extremists whatever their cause".