London's Finsbury Park attack: Eyewitness accounts

A police officer stands in front of messages and tributes left near to where a van was driven at muslims in Finsbury Park, North London, Britain on June 19, 2017.
A police officer stands in front of messages and tributes left near to where a van was driven at muslims in Finsbury Park, North London, Britain on June 19, 2017. PHOTO: REUTERS

PARIS • I saw a man underneath the van. He was bleeding. My friend said he had to lift the van. I was busy with a man who tried to escape.

My friend said he said some words, but I didn't hear it. They (people who were hit) were mostly young.

I tried to stop him (the suspect), some people were hitting him, but I said stop him and keep him, until the police came.

He was trying to run away, but people overpowered him. He was fighting to run away.

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Mr Abdikadar Warfa


 

This big van just came and went all over us. I think at least eight or 10 people got injured. Luckily, I managed to escape. And then the guy came out of his van and I got him.

He was screaming, he was saying, 'I am going to kill all Muslims, I am going to kill all Muslims'. He was throwing punches.

Then we managed to get him on the floor. Then he was saying, "Kill me, kill me".

I said, "We are not going to kill you. Why did you do that?"

He wouldn't say anything. The guy, I had to keep him at least half an hour. He was a strong guy. A big man. It was heartbreaking. It wasn't an accident.

Mr Abdulrahman Saleh Alamoudi