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Justin Welby says Mosque attack is an 'attack on us all'

Mon 19 Jun 2017
By Tola Mbakwe

The Archbishop of Canterbury has condemned an attack outside a mosque in north London which left one person dead and 10 other injured.

Justin Welby took to social media to promote religious unity.


He also posted on Facebook: "The freedom to worship without fear is a right we cherish as a nation and was won at great human cost over many years.

"The appalling attack on Muslims in Finsbury Park is an attack on us all and on the culture and values of our country."

Metropolitan Police said one man died after the driver, described as a large white man, targeted people near the Finsbury Park Mosque early on Monday.

Witnesses described hearing the man, who was detained by members of the public at the scene, shout: "I'm going to kill Muslims."

Police have treated the killing as a terrorist attack.

Welby continued: "At a time when we are all grieving the loss of so many precious people in London and Manchester, this brutal attack can only compound the trauma.


"Violence only begets more violence- it serves only the interests of those who would terrorise others.

"This wanton and cruel act can produce no good and cannot be justified or excused. In exactly the same way as previous recent attacks it is a crime against God and against humanity."

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