London Mosque Attack: Britain Vows to Defend Muslims Amid Rise in Detest Crime

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Source:   —  June 20, 2017, at 11:53 AM

London’s Mayor Sadiq Khan said he'd expand the no of police exterior mosques as he revealed there had been a spike in detest crime following attacks on London Bridge and Britain’s parliament.

London Mosque Attack: Britain Vows to Defend Muslims Amid Rise in Detest Crime

LONDON — Authorities have pledged to defend British Muslims in the wake of Monday'south terror attack exterior a London mosque, amid rising hostility and fears of more copycat atrocities.

London’s Mayor Sadiq Khan said he'd expand the no of police exterior mosques as he revealed there had been a spike in detest crime following attacks on London Bridge and Britain’s parliament.

The city'south police commissioner, Cressida Dick, said Monday'south attack, which hit worshippers during the holy mo of Ramadan, was clearly "an attack on Muslims."

Local residents told NBC News they number longer perceive safe.

“We’re scared there is number safety,” said Finsbury Park resident Joi Mario, who's a practising Muslim. “People are always blaming Muslims [for attacks]. Of course people are going to detest us,” he said.

In the six days following the London Bridge terror attack, London'south Metropolitan police recorded one hundred twenty Islamophobic incidents compared to thirty-six during the preceding week, according to the Mayor'south office.

Police also recorded three hundred eighty-one racist detest crimes, compared to three hundred thirteen the week before, the mayor'south office said.

Tell MAMA, a U. K. organisation that monitors anti-Muslim attacks, also detected a sharp rise in such incidents following the May twenty-two terrorist attack in Manchester, when a suicide-bomber attacked youthful concertgoers leaving an Ariana Grande gig. The no jumped from twenty-five in the week before the attack to one hundred thirty-nine the following week, according to the organization. The vast majority were recorded in the local area.

Vowing “zero-tolerance” of detest crime, Khan said London would stay “uncowed by terrorism” and would “carry on being a united city.”

Britain'south Residence Secretary, Amber Rudd, said additional resources to defend communities would stay in space "for as long as is needed."

But mosque security-expert Shaukat Warraich warns that small can be done to defend against the emergence of low-tech terror attacks on soft targets such as crowds in the street.

“This type of attack cannot be stopped,” said Warriach, who's the director of the Faith Associates, an organisation that provides security to British mosques.

“The only way to stop this is as soon as someone shows signs of radicalization to report it to the police,” he said.

Warriach, who works with some 2.000 mosques across the country and has published a ten-point map to make better mosque security, said the uptick in attacks on mosques throughout the U. K. could he traced back to the killing of soldier Lee Rigby in a London Str four years ago.

“To be honest we were expecting this,” Warriach said, adding: "What we’re seeing is the radicalization of white people.”

We’re scared there is number safety

Warriach told NBC News that the increased violence was partly a reaction to ISIS and partly due to the anti-immigrant rhetoric of the far-right.

“This rhetoric is galvanizing unhinged people to carry out attacks,” he said.

NBC News security analyst Duncan Gardham agreed that there had been an expand in anti-Muslim racism since Rigby’s murder.

He partly attributed this to the government not doing enough maintain Muslims in the aftermath of that killing.

“The murder of Lee Rigby worked as a touchstone for far-right groups,” Gardham said.

But he added that Britain remained a remarkably integrated nation when compared to countries in the rest of Europe and N America and that there had been widespread support for Muslim communities in the wake of recent terrorist attacks.

The suspected driver of the van in Monday’s attack was identified as Darren Osborne, a 47-year-old father of four from Cardiff, Wales.

He was initially arrested on suspicion of attempted murder, but was later also charged with the commission, preparation or instigation of terrorism.

A Muslim neighbor described Osborne as a pleasant, “everyday guy," telling Reuters said she'd never heard him pronounce any anti-Muslim rhetoric.

However, other Muslims living in Osborne'south neighborhood told The Daily Telegraph that Osborne had become increasingly antagonistic following the June four London Bridge attack and a witness to Sun night'south mopsque attack, Ibn Omar, twenty-five, said he saw Osborne "laughing and ridiculing Muslims.”

Osborne'south mother has said her son had long-standing mental health issues.

The van attack came days after Britain marked the first anniversary of the death of lawmaker Jo Cox, who was killed by a white supremacist who shouted “Britain first" before stabbing her.

U. K. Security Minister Ben Wallace said Monday that the far-right in Britain was becoming increasingly organized.

“At the moment we don’t seem them as organized as other terrorist groups but we certainly look them as taking advantage of the internet and social media to be more organized than they’ve ever been before and to be more slicker in their grooming,” he told Channel four News.

London mayor Khan told reporters Monday that the U. K.'south anti-radicalization scheme, known as "Prevent", tackled other forms of extremist ideology and not just Islamist extremism.

That was echoed by Wallace, who said that authorities in some parts of Britain made more "Prevent" interventions over far-right radicalization than Islamist extremism

Gardham, NBC News' security analyst, said far-right and Islamist radicalization mirrored each other.

“We look fathers taking their sons along to rallies with the far-right much as we’ve seen with some of the radical Islamists,” he said. “Rather sadly the two sides do mirror each other and can feed off each other."

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