JK Rowling condemns 'victim blaming' after Finsbury Park mosque assault as ex …


JK Rowling has condemned ‘victim blaming’ in Britain’s press after a suspected terror attack on Muslim worshippers observing Ramadan.

The Harry Potter author defended the Finsbury Park Mosque, located near the scene of the tragedy, as former English Defence League leader Tommy Robinson accused it of “creating terrorists”.

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Rowling and Robinson were among those who chimed in as Twitter and other social media channels became a hotbed for finger-pointing and inflammatory statements after a van ploughed into pedestrians outside the Muslim Welfare House.

Robinson, 34, was blasted on Twitter and even faced death threats over a string of comments in reaction to the attack which targeted worshippers as they left night prayers.

JK Rowling condemns 'victim blaming' after Finsbury Park mosque attack as ex …

He wrote to his 300,000 followers: “The mosque where the attack happened tonight has a long history of creating terrorists radical jihadists promoting hate segregation.

“im not justifying it,I’ve said many times if government or police don’t sort these centres of hate they will create monsters as seen tonight.”

Police stand guard following the attack outside the Muslim Welfare House
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People gather in the street near the police cordon in north London
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An armed police officer keeps watch near the scene of the suspected terror attack
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He later added: “I genuinely hope the innocent people targeted tonight outside the mosque are ok.

“I blame tonight’s attack at the mosque on foreign policy”.

Mohammed Shafiq, chief executive of the Ramadhan Foundation, was among those who criticised Robinson.

He wrote: “Hate preachers like @ TRobinsonNewEra incite people to carry out attacks against innocent Muslims.”

A man prays after a van ploughed into pedestrians in Finsbury Park
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Met Police are treating the attack as a suspected terrorist incident
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The attack occurred near the Finsbury Park Mosque, where the hate cleric Abu Hamza once preached, in north London just after midnight on Monday.

Witnesses have described hearing the driver shout “I’m going to kill Muslims”.

In response to coverage of the incident, Rowling, 51, addressed her 10 million Twitter followers, writing: “Victim blaming in the usual newspapers is disgusting. #FinsburyPark mosque won an award for combating extremism.”

JK Rowling condemned “victim blaming” in Britain’s press
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Tommy Robinson was condemned over his tweets in reaction to the attack
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In 2014, the mosque was the first in Britain to win the Visible Quality Mark awarded by Community Matters.

Police said they are treating the attack in Seven Sisters Road as a terror attack.

A man died at the scene and eight people were taken to three hospitals to be treated for injuries.

The man who died was already receiving first aid from witnesses and it is not yet known if his death was caused by the attack, said Metropolitan Police deputy assistant commissioner Neil Basu.

People gather at the scene after a van hit several pedestrians
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Forensics officers carry out an investigation at the scene
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Two others were treated at the scene for minor injuries.

The driver of the van was detained by worshippers until police arrived.

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Police said he is a 48-year-old man.

Witnesses described the driver as a large white man.

A Met Police spokesperson said: “He has been taken to hospital as a precaution, and will be taken into custody once discharged.”