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Hate mail rise at mosque

Muslim Welfare House was targeted in alleged terror attack in June - one worshipper died and nine others were injured

29 September, 2017 — By Emily Finch

Police in Finsbury Park after June’s alleged terror attack

LEADERS at the mosque in Finsbury Park that was hit by an alleged terror attack in June say they have seen a sharp rise in hate mail and threats.

One worshipper died and nine others were injured when a van ploughed into a group of people who had just left the Muslim Welfare House in Seven Sisters Road on June 19.

This week, project manager Sadiq Yusuf said the mosque receives eight times more hate mail than they did before the attack.

Mr Yusuf said they receive hate mail at least twice a week with fewer people, especially women, coming to the mosque to pray and take classes following the attack.

“The mail is all from the far right and are from different cities. They’re threatening, saying there is going to be bloodshed and more of what happened,” Mr Yusuf said.

“We don’t want to close our doors to anyone but it scares you, it triggers your mind and gets you really worried. You don’t know what’s going to happen but we carry on working.”

He said the mosque has a good relationship with the police and the Town Hall, with representatives from both regularly meeting worshippers to discuss how to improve security.

• Darren Osborne, 47, from Cardiff, has been charged with terrorism-related murder and attempted murder in connection with the June attack. A trial date has not yet been set.

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