As angry bystanders held down the alleged driver of a van that ploughed into a group of Muslims near a mosque in London just after midnight yesterday, an imam helped calm the situation.
Imam Mohammed Mahmoud shouted: “Don’t touch him! No one touch him!”, reported The Telegraph.
“(The van driver) tried to run away but we brought him down. He would’ve died because so many people were punching him, but the imam came out and said ‘No more punching, let’s keep him down until the police come’,” one witness told the Independent.
A statement on the website of the Muslim Welfare House said: “I would like to particularly thank our imam, Mohammed Mahmoud, whose bravery and courage helped calm the immediate situation after the incident and prevented further injuries and potential loss of life.”