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Embassy issues warning to Emiratis after UK mosque attack

The UAE Embassy in London has issued a cautionary message to Emiratis

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Forensic investigators work the scene in the Finsbury Park area of north London after a vehichle hit pedestrians, on June 19, 2017.

Dubai: The UAE Embassy in London has issued a warning message to Emiratis following a mosque attack on Monday.

According to Reuters, a van swerved into a group of people leaving prayers shortly after midnight at the Finsbury Park Mosque, one of the biggest in the country.

In a tweet on Monday, the embassy cautioned Emiratis to remain vigilant at all times and to follow the advice as directed by the London Metropolitan Police. 

The terror attack killed at least one person and injured 10 others in what witnesses said was a deliberate attack on Muslims, according to Reuters. 

UAE condemns terror attack

The UAE condemned what it called a terrorist attack near Finsbury Park.

''The UAE condemns this terrorist act and reiterates its unshakeable position against all forms of violence and terrorism, which target all without the distinction of religion and race, and regardless of sources and pretexts," stated the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation, in a statement on Monday.

''The UAE stands with the Government of Britain in its fight against violence and extremism, and it calls on the international community to stand together in confronting and uprooting this dangerous menace, which threatens the security and stability of countries,'' the ministry added.

The ministry also expressed its deep condolences to the British government and people, as well as to the families of the victims.

Meanwhile, the London Met said that extra policing resources have been deployed across the city in order to reassure communities, especially those observing Ramadan.

“I would urge everyone to remain calm and vigilant,” said Deputy Assistant Commissioner Neil Basu, the Senior National Coordinator for Counter Terrorism.

The public have been urged to contact police with any information about the incident, or anything that causes them concern or suspicion, on 0800 789 321.

“Obviously we are at an early stage in our investigation, however as and when I can make more information available, I will. This has been incredibly challenging time for London and emergency services are stretched,” said Basu.

“Nevertheless, we will do absolutely all we can - with our partners - to protect Londoners and our city. Now is a time once again for London to stand together to face those who seek to divide us.”