Cardinal Nichols offers prayers for Finsbury Park attack victims
|Flowers and tributes are pictured at a police cordon near the scene in Finsbury Park area of North London after a vehicle was driven into pedestrians - AFP|
(Vatican Radio) Cardinal Nichols has offerd prayers for the victims of an attack in Finsbury Park, London. A van ploughed into worshippers leaving a London mosque on Monday, injuring 10 people.
One man, who was already being given first aid at the scene before the vehicle was driven into pedestrians, has died but police said it was not clear whether his death was directly linked.
Eight others are in hospital, with two in a very serious condition.
The incident was being treated as a potential terrorist attack said Prime Minister Theresa May, which if confirmed would make it the fourth since March in Britain and the third to involve a vehicle deliberately driven at pedestrians.
Below find the statement of Cardinal Vincent Nichols, Archbishop of Westminster.
His Eminence Cardinal Vincent Nichols has today issued the following statement in the aftermath of the Finsbury Park attack:
'Together with people all over this country I am appalled at the deliberate attack on people leaving their late night prayers, as the end of their day of fasting, at the mosque in Finsbury Park. I have assured the leadership of the Mosque and the Muslim Welfare Centre of our prayers and support.
Violence breeds violence. Hatred breeds hatred. Every one of us must repudiate hatred and violence from our words and actions. We must all be builders of understanding, compassion and peace, day by day, in our homes, our work and our communities. That is the only way.'