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Islington leader: Terrorism will not divide borough

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Islington LBC’s leader is due to attend prayers at Finsbury Park Mosque today following the terrorist attack in the area late last night.

A 48-year-old man was arrested after a van ploughed into worshippers near Muslim Welfare House, resulting in the death of one man and 10 people being injured.

In a statement, council leader Richard Watts (Lab) said: “The heartfelt thoughts of everyone at Islington Council are with the family and friends of those affected by the dreadful events in Finsbury Park in the early hours of this morning.

“We have been working closely with the emergency services overnight and have spoken to community leaders, Muslim Welfare House and Finsbury Park Mosque to offer any support we can.

“This is a horrifying and appalling attack, which police are treating as terrorism. Terrorist attacks seek to divide us and sow hatred. Finsbury Park is a diverse and open community and our mosques are a vital part of that community.

“We stand in solidarity with the Muslim community and will continue to stand together and support each other. Islington is a vibrant and unified borough: this is our community, and we will not be divided by any terrorist.”

Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn, the MP for the Islington North constituency in which the attack occurred, said on Twitter that he and Cllr Watts would attend prayers later today.

Cllr Watts said on Twitter that the attack was marked at a commemoration of the victims of the Grenfell Tower fire earlier this morning.

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