Finsbury Park mosque has been sent threatening letters promising ‘rivers of blood’, less than two weeks after it was targeted in a terror attack.
Makram Ali, 51, was killed and nine other people injured when a van ploughed into worshippers who had just attended Ramadan prayers at the Finsbury Park Mosque on June 19.
And letters sent to the mosque and shown to Vice News warn that the attack is ‘only the beginning’ and that another could take place in August.
Mohammed Kozbar, chairman of the Finsbury Park mosque, said the severity of the threats in the letters have left him concerned that another attack could take place soon.
One anonymous letter, which has since been reported to the police, read: ‘The attack using the van was only the beginning.
‘The fun will continue this August.
‘There will be rivers of blood flowing down the streets — I will make sure of this. None of you vermin will survive. I mean who would survive being gassed, or beheaded, or blown up.’
Another message demanded the mosque pay £18,445.17 to repair any damage the van suffered when it mowed down victims. T
The postcard read: ‘Mr Osborne was not insured unfortunately and in these times of austerity we all need as much cash as possible.’
“When you receive something like that it is not a threat to an individual, it’s a threat for the whole community,” Kozbar told VICE News, adding that not enough was being done by the U.K. government to protect Muslims from hate crimes.
Mr Kozbar, who has been chairman of the London mosque for six years, says he has seen hate crimes against Muslims increase year over year.
He added that several local worshipers have reported being verbally and physically attacked.
‘We haven’t seen this issue of Islamophobia and Muslim hate crimes taken seriously by the government in the last few years… we hope that after this attack things will change,’ he said.
But he added that the mosque had also been ‘overwhelmed’ by letters of support sent from all over the country.