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Sickening video emerges of Finsbury Park attacker appearing to blow a kiss from inside police van

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A sickening video has emerged of the Finsbury Park terrorist appearing to blow a kiss at onlookers from the back of a police van, having been arrested at the scene in the early hours of Monday morning.

The man ploughed into a group of people outside the Muslim Welfare House at around 12.20am, killing at least one person and injuring a further eight.

There was a large crowd of Muslims outside the mosque, following Ramadan prayers. Witnesses have said the man shouted that he wanted to “kill all Muslims”.

The 48-year-old man was detained by witnesses for around 20 minutes until the police arrived to arrest him, one witness said. Among those who were believed to have detained the man was a local imam.

The imam reportedly protected the man from angry crowds until the police arrived.

A crowd of people gathered near the scene of the crime in Finsbury park

One witness, Ratip Alsulaimen, told PA: “I was sitting in the coffee shop just a couple of minutes away.

“One of our friends was reporting what was going on in the front of the mosque.

“He said the car was smashing into the people getting out of the mosque, so we just ran away, all of us, and came to see what’s happening.

“When I came I saw ambulance people taking people to the ambulance. I think between eight to 10 people were taken away.

“There was an old man - about 60 years old - I don’t know if he’s alive or dead. There were other people, mid-30 to 40. There are men and women.

“We are shocked when we heard the news because we were just having a good time. We were praying for peace and for Grenfell Tower. When we heard this we were actually shocked.”

Read our full report of the incident here

(Images: Rex)