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Terror victim ‘still alive when he was hit by van’

Inquest is told how Makram Ali, a 51-year-old grandfather, had collapsed in the street before suffering 'multiple injuries' in Finsbury Park terror attack

30 June, 2017 — By Koos Couvée

Makram Ali

THE grandfather who died in the Finsbury Park terror attack last week was alive when he was struck by a van, an inquest heard ­yesterday (Thursday).

Makram Ali, 51, collapsed in Whadcoat Street after suffering a “medical episode” on his way back home from attending prayers at the nearby Muslim Welfare House mosque in the early hours of June 19, St Pancras Coroner’s Court was told.

Passers-by had come to his aid and were assisting him when the van driven from Seven Sisters Road ploughed into the crowd, hitting Mr Ali and 10 others. Detective Inspector Edwin Hall told the inquest: “He was seen to collapse to the ground. It’s believed he suffered a medical episode. Witnesses described him panting [with] his eyes half open.

“Most of those present were wearing traditional Muslim dress and were easily recognisable as members of the Muslim community.”

The driver attempted to run from the scene but was “quickly apprehended”, he added.

A post-mortem examination found that Mr Ali was alive when he was struck by the vehicle and that he died of “multiple injuries”, DI Hall added.

Mr Ali was pronounced dead at the scene shortly afterwards. Three of those injured remain in hospital, the court heard.

Mr Ali, who lived in nearby Playford Road, was born in Bangladesh. His family said last week: “We are devastated by the loss of a husband, father, brother and grandfather, Makram Ali, in this tragic event.”

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