Finsbury Park mosque attack: Good Samaritans left injured

Lying in agony after his pelvis was crushed, this is one of the Good Samaritans who survived the Finsbury Park terror attack after 45 men lifted up the white van that maimed him, MailOnline can reveal today.

The family of Hamdi Al Faiq have released footage of the father-of-three gasping for breath to reveal the true suffering of victims caught up in the horror of Monday’s attack.

Mr Al Faiq had rushed to help Makram Ali, 55, who collapsed with a suspected heart attack, and was on the phone to the emergency services when eight British Muslims were knocked down.

In an extraordinary show of strength 45 men pulled Hamdi out from under the wheels of the 3.5 ton box van used to kill Mr Ali and maim many more.

Friends and strangers surrounded him, rubbing his head and back and urging each other to ‘keep talking to him’.

Mohamed Maslah, 51, told MailOnline his nephew Hamdi Al Faiq, a father of three children, including an eight month old daughter, was left with a shattered pelvis but is expected to recover.

The family of Hamdi Al Faiq have released footage of him to MailOnline gasping for breath to reveal the devastation caused by the Finsbury Park white van attacker on Monday morning

The family of Hamdi Al Faiq have released footage of him to MailOnline gasping for breath to reveal the devastation caused by the Finsbury Park white van attacker on Monday morning

The family of Hamdi Al Faiq have released footage of him to MailOnline gasping for breath to reveal the devastation caused by the Finsbury Park white van attacker on Monday morning

Hamdi had been helping a man who collapsed when he and at least eight more were struck. People rubbing his head and back and urging each other to 'keep talking to him'

Hamdi had been helping a man who collapsed when he and at least eight more were struck. People rubbing his head and back and urging each other to 'keep talking to him'

Hamdi had been helping a man who collapsed when he and at least eight more were struck. People rubbing his head and back and urging each other to 'keep talking to him'

Hamdi had been helping a man who collapsed when he and at least eight more were struck. People rubbing his head and back and urging each other to 'keep talking to him'

Hamdi had been helping a man who collapsed when he and at least eight more were struck. People rubbing his head and back and urging each other to ‘keep talking to him’

Hamdi Al Faiq was left with a shattered pelvis and was pulled out from under the wheels of the box van when 45 men lifted up the vehicle (pictured)

Hamdi Al Faiq was left with a shattered pelvis and was pulled out from under the wheels of the box van when 45 men lifted up the vehicle (pictured)

Hamdi Al Faiq was left with a shattered pelvis and was pulled out from under the wheels of the box van when 45 men lifted up the vehicle (pictured)

Mr Maslah said: ‘After prayers had finished there was an old man who lost his balance and had fallen. A group ran to help him and one called the ambulance. 

‘They told them to give the man first aid and gave Hamdi instructions over the phone. 

‘At that point the van struck and dragged three of them to the wall, they were stuck under the van. 45 people lifted the van to help get them out. Hamdi is still in a very bad condition.

‘I along with Hamdi’s wife, Amal Ali, was allowed to see him in hospital. He had oxygen in his mouth but has been told he needs another operation on his pelvis.

‘I had left the prayers early, as I was tired and need to work. It is shocking news, you don’t feel safe. My wife and daughter won’t go to the mosque now as it’s not safe. The community is shocked, there is angry. We are living in the 21st century, this is not meant to happen.

‘Hamdi also has stitches in his face and cheeks and also in his eyes. He has a damaged right arm, shoulder, legs but worst is his pelvic bone.’  

Rakhia Ismail has revealed her husband Yassin Hersi was left with a broken ankle and had no feeling in his legs after the truck smashed into him and at least eight others. 

She told the BBC: ‘He was on his way home and saw this person fall and tried to help him along with other men. 

‘As they circled around him before they knew it the white van hit them. The next thing he knew he was he was on the floor. He couldn’t get up and he couldn’t feel his legs.

‘Nevertheless he tried to get up and people told him to stay calm and the numbness in his feet and he was very worried and shocked.

She added: ‘He was one of the first people to attend to help [the man who collapsed]. The last thing you would think about would be a terrorist attack or any attack during the holy month of Ramadan’. 

Rakhia Ismail has revealed her husband Yassin Hersi was left with a broken ankle and had no feeling in his legs after the truck smashed into him.

Rakhia Ismail has revealed her husband Yassin Hersi was left with a broken ankle and had no feeling in his legs after the truck smashed into him.

Rakhia Ismail has revealed her husband Yassin Hersi was left with a broken ankle and had no feeling in his legs after the truck smashed into him.

Mrs Ismail, a local Labour councillor, described yesterday as the 'saddest, longest day' 

Mrs Ismail, a local Labour councillor, described yesterday as the 'saddest, longest day' 

Mrs Ismail, a local Labour councillor, described yesterday as the ‘saddest, longest day’ 

It is hoped that many of the people struck in the terror attack will survive their terrible injuries

It is hoped that many of the people struck in the terror attack will survive their terrible injuries

It is hoped that many of the people struck in the terror attack will survive their terrible injuries

The injured were left with shattered bones and serious injuries in the attack on Monday morning after Ramadan prayers

The injured were left with shattered bones and serious injuries in the attack on Monday morning after Ramadan prayers

The injured were left with shattered bones and serious injuries in the attack on Monday morning after Ramadan prayers

Makram Ali, 52, was being treated on the street by friends and locals after collapsing when a van ploughed into them leaving screaming victims sprawled across the floor and the pavement ‘painted red’ in blood, witnesses said.

After being alerted by relatives, his 26 year-old daughter ran from their nearby family home to be with her father.

‘He died in front of me,’ the woman, who has not been named, later told a neighbour:

‘When I saw him he was conscious and breathing but then he died.’

Hirsiyo Ali (middle), 72, who is not related to Mr Ali, suffered broken ribs in the attack

Hirsiyo Ali (middle), 72, who is not related to Mr Ali, suffered broken ribs in the attack

Hirsiyo Ali (middle), 72, who is not related to Mr Ali, suffered broken ribs in the attack

Ten people were injured and eight needed hospital treatment in the attack.

Father-of-five Mr Ali was walking home from the Muslim Welfare House with relatives when he took ill hours after the family had marked father’s day.

Neighbours told how he suffered from a number of health problems and had a pacemaker fitted two years ago and walked with a walking stick. The neighbour who did not want to be named said: ‘People came and gave him water and they were checking his heart when the van rammed into him. ‘His daughter told me that it ran over his leg. ‘She said she has been fasting as well and the family are very upset by what’s happened.’

Grandmother Hirsiyo Ali, who is not related to Mr Ali, also suffered broken ribs as the van careered into her as she walked home from the mosque with a friend.

Her granddaughter Najma Ahmed, 16, said their family had been left heartbroken by the terror attack on the 72-year-old.

The schoolgirl said: ‘I visited my grandmother in hospital today and our whole family are in shock.

‘She looked very injured and she couldn’t open her eyes. Her ribs are broken.

‘My grandmother is a very kind lady and she always gives back to the community.

‘She’s a very religious person and she always goes to the Finsbury Park mosque.

‘My grandmother is heartbroken by what happened and our whole family are heartbroken.

‘The guy that ran over my grandma was taken to the hospital for a mental assessment but it was a terrorist attack.’

Father-of-four Darren Osborne from Cardiff has today been named as the suspect behind the Finsbury Park terror attack

Father-of-four Darren Osborne from Cardiff has today been named as the suspect behind the Finsbury Park terror attack

Footage shows the alleged driver of the van being arrested at the scene and bundled into a police van - he screamed 'kill me' in the hope witnesses to his Islamophobic attack would seek retribution

Footage shows the alleged driver of the van being arrested at the scene and bundled into a police van - he screamed 'kill me' in the hope witnesses to his Islamophobic attack would seek retribution

Father-of-four Darren Osborne from Cardiff (left) has today been named as the suspect behind the Finsbury Park terror attack (right) – his family say they are ‘broken’ and said ‘sorry’ to people hurt 

Path of destruction: Osborne is accused of using a £80-a-day van rented in south Wales as a weapon to run down a group of Muslims including at least one in a wheelchair

Path of destruction: Osborne is accused of using a £80-a-day van rented in south Wales as a weapon to run down a group of Muslims including at least one in a wheelchair

Path of destruction: Osborne is accused of using a £80-a-day van rented in south Wales as a weapon to run down a group of Muslims including at least one in a wheelchair

A disabled man suffered a gashed head but escaped with his life after being pushed out of the way by his deaf friend.

‘The deaf man has lived around here for years and was very brave,’ said a witness, who gave his name as Athmane.

‘I could see him trying to push the man in the wheelchair away from the oncoming van but the vehicle still hit the man in the chair and he was badly injured.

‘He had a big gash to the top of his head and was vomiting and shaking after the van hit him.

‘The first thing I heard before the van hit anyone was tyres screaming and then I saw the van or lorry going very fast.

‘The driver knew exactly what he was doing. He knew he was targeting people who had come from the Mosque after saying prayers.

‘It was obviously the time that Muslims gather as everybody knows that Finsbury Park is famous for the mosque being here.’

Another man suffered breaks to his legs, a broken arm and injuries to his chest and had been left in a coma in a London hospital, a relative said.

His cousin, named Felin told LBC how he and some friends were enjoying a coffee when they saw an elderly man using two sticks to help him walk suddenly collapse in the road.

Having called an ambulance for the man they were in the street when the van arrived.

‘Suddenly a van came out of nowhere,’ he added. ‘He crashed into all of us.’

Felin said the actions of the driver were deliberate and described the driver laughing and then shouting : ‘ I did dome good thing.’

Another man, who gave his name as Mohin, said his cousin was injured in the attack.

The 32-year-old said: ‘There were a lot of people in the street, crossing the street, going to mosque for prayers, for forgiveness, just to pray and go home and eat.

‘They are doing their usual daily routine – they did not expect a van coming out of nowhere hitting them.

‘When we got here I saw police had cordoned everything off, I told them my cousin was in there and they let me through, I was in hysterics.

‘I went through and I saw bodies all over the floor. I saw there were bodies, there were teenagers.

‘I have never seen that much blood in my life, the road was painted red. The community know the old man, he has tea round here.

‘At that time the crowd was angry because they knew that old man, some of them had siblings who were injured as well.’ 

 

 

 


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