State Dept. condemns London attack, offers help

A policeman stands near floral tributes left after an incident, close to Finsbury Park Tube Station, in north London on June 19.

A policeman stands near floral tributes left after an incident, close to Finsbury Park Tube Station, in north London on June 19. | AP Photo

The State Department on Monday condemned the attack in London Sunday night in which a man died and at least 10 people were injured when a van struck pedestrians outside a mosque. The Muslim worshipers were finishing their prayers during the Islamic holy month of Ramadan.

“We extend our sympathies to the families and community of the victims and our hopes for the quick recovery of those wounded,” the statement read. “The United States stands ready to provide any assistance that UK officials would find helpful in this difficult time.”

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The statement also commended the work by first responders and bystanders who detained the driver, holding him until authorities arrested him for attempted murder.

As of Monday afternoon, the White House had not yet put out a statement about the attack, but press secretary Sean Spicer said during an off-camera briefing that President Donald Trump had been “made aware of” the attack, while also conveying the White House’s “thoughts and prayers.”

The statement by the State Department concluded by saying that the United States will work with the U.K. to “counter the plague of terrorism” and that it stood in solidarity with the country.

Matt Nussbaum contributed to this report.

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