Long says it is vital we see no pattern of revenge attacks, after Finsbury Park attack

Alliance Leader Naomi Long has said it is vital people do not engage in revenge attacks, after a man was killed following a van being driven into worshippers close to a north London mosque.

Ten people were also injured in the attack, which is being treated as a terrorist incident, near Finsbury Park mosque. A 48-year-old man has been arrested on suspicion of attempted murder.

“My thoughts are with all those who have been left bereaved and injured as a result of this horrific attack,” said Mrs Long.

“It is vital we do not let this develop into a pattern of revenge attacks. The atmosphere allowing and in some cases encouraging attacks on Muslims does nothing but play into the hands of extremists, while at the same time targeting innocent people.

“Instead of using our diversity to divide us and play into the politics of fear, we need to celebrate it and highlight how it makes us stronger as a community. Only by doing that will we stop the conditions radicalising people and end the cycle of violence.”

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