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public television and also around the globe. a sickening terrorist attack -- that is what britain's prime minister called the assault on muslim worshipers in london. police have been questioning the man they believe drove his van into people leaving ramadan prayers. the man has been identified as darren osborne. one person died and nine others were taken to hospital. witnesses say the driver shouted he wanted to kill muslims. our home affairs correspondent daniel sandford has more. daniel: it was just after midnight in london, and the third attack using a vehicle in just three months. this time, the muslim community was the target. >> basically drove on the pavement, coming straight towards all the muslims, and he hit all of them.
daniel: after the van had crashed through worshipers marking the holy month of ramadan, many found themselves wrestling the driver to the road. >> when he was on the ground, i asked "why did you do that? innocent people." he goes, "i wanted to kill muslims." >> he was shouting, "i want to kill all muslims." daniel: after a struggle, the suspected driver was arrested. had intervened to prevent further violence, and the suspect had been handed over to some of the first police officers to arrive. >> we told them the situation, that there is a man, he is restrained, he mowed down a group of people with his van, and there is a mob attempt to hurt him if you don't take him. he might be seriously hurt. dave --
me he had rushed there to help a teenage cousin brushed by the vehicle. , half of screaming them were teenagers. we need to focus on these people, try to get help for these people. , and thereambulance is other people injured. daniel: the 47-year-old suspect is believed to be darren osborne, father of 4 from cardiff, unknown to mi5. he was arrested on suspicion of murder, and then terrorist offenses. he waved to the angry crowd. >> can't take anymore terror, prime minister. daniel: by lunchtime, the prime minister had arrived close to the scene of the attack, visiting the finsbury park mosque, one of 2 whose worshipers were caught up in the violence.
prime minister may: the terrible terrorist attack was an evil act born out of hatred and it has devastated a community. i'm pleased to see the strength of that community coming together, all faiths united in one desire to see extremism and hatred driven out of our society. there is no place for this hatred in our country today. we need to work together as one society, one community, to drive it out, this evil that is affecting so many families. daniel: the prime minister's visit came just over 12 hours after the van plowed into a group of worshipers. theresa may clearly wanted to be seen among the community as soon as possible. jeremy corbyn, who is the local mp, was up much of the night talking to his constituents, and visited the scene with the labor
mayor of london, sadiq khan. throughout the day, the enormity of what had happened appeared to weigh on the shoulders of politicians from all parties. >> this is terror on the streets. i'm very proud to represent them and that is why i'm here today. daniel: all around the politicians visiting, a huge police forensic operation was under way. the focus, this white van rented in wales. it turned off the main road into a cul-de-sac, hitting the worshipers as it went through. some of them had been treating a man who was apparently suffering a heart attack. the man who later died. >> this was quite clearly an attack on muslims who looked like they were probably muslims and they were coming from a prayer meeting. we treat this as a terrorist attack, and we are as shocked as
anybody in this local community or across the country by what has happened. daniel: in this year of terror, the muslim community of north london was a new target. but the consequences of the violence were the same. some people in hospital this evening with potentially life-changing injuries. daniel sandford, bbc news, finsbury park. laura: british muslims targeted as they prayed during ramadan. otto warmbier, the american university student detained in north korea for over a year and returned last week in a coma, has died. his parents released a statement thanking everyone around the world for keeping him in the thoughts and prayers. barbara plett-usher joined me with the latest. what exactly is the family saying in their statement?
barbara: it is a really sad statement, laura. they say no other outcome would have been possible because the awful mistreatment at the hands of the north koreans, but "we have chosen to focus on the time we spent with him rather than when we lost him." this is the moving bit -- when he came back they say he was , unable to speak or see or react to verbal commands. he looked uncomfortable, they say, but after he was back in a day and his countenance changed and he looked like he was at peace. they are comforting themselves in saying that they were able to see him home. laura: remind us of the background. what was otto warmbier arrested for in north korea, and what do we know about the conditions in which he was kept before he was returned here last week? barbara: he was with a tour and the day before he left, he stole a propaganda poster. that is what was charged with. he was sentenced to 15 years hard labor for that. after the trial, nobody saw side -- sight of him, not even the
consular officials, and we found out later that he got into a coma for three weeks after that. for moreen in a coma than year before he came back to and the doctors say it might have been a cardiac arrest that ended oxygen and blood to his brain. laura: yet he was released after high-level talks, contacts between the americans and north koreans. barbara: there were secret talks at quite a high level between the state department envoy and north korean officials about americans, including otto warmbier. after that, he was released, and i guess there was some thought that having the high-level contact might be good for talks in the future, but when we saw the condition he was in when he came out, now that the has died, nobody can say that will happen. there could be blowback or backlash because of it. laura: barbara plett usher, thank you for joining us. sad news. president trump has reacted to the passing of otto warmbier, saying the young man faced tough conditions and describing the
three as a brutal regime. -- describing north korea as a brutal regime. it is almost exactly a year since the momentous brexit referendum, and today talks began in brussels about how britain is going to leave the eu. europe's chief negotiator hopes that the discussions will be held in a constructive atmosphere, while the u.k. brexit minister talks of forging a new and special partnership. christian fraser is in brussels and i spoke with him earlier. christian, what exactly was agreed today when it comes to the order by which britain leaves the eu? christian: the first important thing was setting the tone for the future relationship. there has been an awful lot of mudslinging between brussels and the u.k. in the past year ,and it was important to get beyond that and set out a clear plan for the way forward. i think we got that in the sense that there will be a meeting every month all the way through october. we already have the dates and the sequencing of how this negotiation will proceed, and we also know which issues will be tackled first.
it is everything relating to the severance, the divorce proceedings. the money, what the european union says the u.k. owes. also, citizens rights. there are 3.2 million europeans in the u.k. and then that devilishly tricky issue of the border in ireland . that took up most of the time today, because if you are pulling out of the customs union, which is what the u.k. suggesting, then how do you have the invisible border between north and south? that is crucial to the belfast agreement and peace in northern ireland. nobody wants to see the border back. that in the next three or four months will be the trickiest issue of all to overcome. laura: when the brexit minister says the u.k. wants a new, deep, and special relationship with the eu once it is left, is that what brussels wants, two, or is britain going to pay a price for leaving? christian: well, he said there is no revenge or punishment, but don't ignore the consequences.
as far as the europeans are concerned, it cannot be as good outside the club as it is inside the club. but britain sees it a different way. they see the country getting back the borders and sovereignty, and pulling out of the customs union, being able to do the trade deals with north america and canada and south america, whoever they want to, because at the moment the european union negotiates trade deals on the part of the u.k. the 2 sides see it from different sides. obviously, the uk's saying there will be difficult days ahead , there will be a lot of pessimism around. but we really do need to get to those of the lands and that is what we are intending to do. i think that what will be key will be the working relationship between the 2 men. we've seen a lot of them today,. they've exchanged gifts they are keen hill walkers and they seem .
keen hill walkers and they seem to get off to a good start. when the going gets really tough towards the end of the process in 500 days' time, that is what -- that is when it will be really important. laura: christian fraser in brussels, thank you. in other news from around the world, french police say a car iniberately hit a police van the champs elysees in paris before bursting in flames. the driver died in the incident, though no one else was injured. police found a kalashnikov rifle and glass bottles in the vehicle. france remains under a state of emergency after a wave of deadly terror attacks. the situation in syria is or tho aiming to funny to the conflict. russia says it will treat u.s. -- aiming to end conflict. russia says it will treat ..s.-led planes as a target
earlier, my colleague katty kay spoke with former u.s. defense secretary william cohen as part plus" program.s katty: there has been a sequence of events -- russia says it will cancel the hotline and the iranian missiles and the americans shooting down the syrian government warplane. how serious is this? mr. cohen: it cannot get much more complicated without it spreading into a conflagration. russia has to be careful, what it is saying and doing. the united states is being very careful about protecting its own troops and those we are supporting. put the hotline back in operation. this is a dangerous situation, which i don't think the russians want to take on the united states -- certainly, we don't want a war with russia. by i think talking is going to -- but i think talking is going to be more important. katty: extraordinary position where we are even talking about the possibility of america not
wanting war with russia. you got the russians, turks, iranians, syrians, and the americans. the potential, i imagine, for a mistake being made in this type of situation. mr. cohen: great potential for miscalculatoin, honest mistakes in that region. with so many different troops and interests and so many different planes flying and so many different militia groups and forces all in the same region, the chance for miscalculation, mistake, or simply tempers filling up, it's dangerous. katty: we know they are repositioning aircraft to avoid the type of miscalculation we are talking about or mistake being made. what would you like to hear from the administration on syria, the president himself? mr. cohen: i would like to have the president articulate what the strategy is. i'm not sure what it is to date.
before you can talk about numbers and troops, what is it we are seeking to do in the region, both on iraq and syria, and then you shake the numbers to fit that strategy. it is still unclear, whether it is counterinsurgency, counterterrorism, not clear what is needed. how many troops we need, if more. laura: wiliam cohen speaking to katty kay earlier. you are watching "bbc world news america." still to come, remembering a tragedy and looking for answers. the latest on the london apartment tower blaze, just ahead. in portugal, emergency workers have been evacuating areas in the path of major forest fires, which have claimed at least 62 spirit many died in their cars as they tried to flee the blazes, which is thought to have been started by lightning strike on saturday.
correspondent james reynolds has been to the region, and has this report. james: these are the flames of portugal's worst disaster for more than a quarter of a century. for a third day in the center of the country, forests burned. on saturday, flames quickly engulfed this road. the fire caught families who have been driving to safety. it is hard to conceive of the last minutes. portugal has more forest fires than any other country in southern europe. it had years to make proper preparations. and yet on this road, dozens lost their lives in the fire. this village watched the fire's approach. a dozen residents jumped into
this water tank to escape. an 84-year-old was helped in by her daughter. "oh god, oh god, it was awful," she tells me. "like hell." the rescue efforts continue during a three-day period of national mourning. the country now asks why its most isolated residents were left to save themselves. james reynolds, bbc news, central portugal. laura: the number of people believed to have died in the felld cell tower -- gren
tower disaster in london has risen to 79. a moment of silence was observed across the u.k. the bbc has received letters the revealed government ministers received warnings that either regulations were not keeping people safe in high-rise blocks like grenfell. mark easton has more. mark: there have been too many days like this. the fire officers first on the scene linking arms with others across the united kingdom, the country pausing to reflect on tower tragedy, a nation once again standing silently united in grief. it was back to their harrowing work in the tower, as the official count of those now presumed to have died in the fire rose to 79. police confirmed that a 24-year-old, a 65-year-old, and 39-year-old were among the
victims. this was the reaction of firefighters when they raced to the scene last wednesday morning. >> how is it possible? disbelieving many, at the scale and ferocity of the blaze. >> i've investigated major crimes for most of my service and i've seen some terrible things, but i don't think anything prepared me for what i was going to see when i was in there. fire responsefell team, including the red cross, london boroughs, and whitehall department, is providing financial, physical, psychological support to more than 2000 people come over 200,000 pounds in a given out, hotels and estate agents finding temporary beds and parliament homes. but why did it take so long? >> arrived two days -- three days too late.
why didn't they ask for help earlier? >> that is something people want to see why. mark: some residents with evacuated homes next door to grenfell tower have been told their only option is to return to the flats. one resident says a number of his neighbors are in homes without hot water and immunities. -- i mean 80's. -- amentities. >> that husk of a tower that is where we are being asked to live. mark: authorities say no one has been asked to move back. it seems to challenge all those who stand in its shadow to demand answers and to demand justice for the scores of people we now know lost their lives here. but what is justice mean? with a focus on the cladding used at grenfell cowher, the government has asked
associations to check immediately if tower blocks in their areas used the same material. a criminal investigation is underway, with scotland yard promising to go wherever the evidence takes them. >> where offenses have been committed, i will do everything within my gift to make sure those responsible are brought to justice. mark: this evening, a silent protest in the shadow of grants -- grenfell tower, from a community who says they have not been listen to for far too long. laura: london searches for answers in the wake of the dickensian tragedy. don't worry if you are not familiar with the musical genre known as progressive rock. the style has been mocked over the years, labeled pretentious and grandiose but its fans say , so-called prog rock is making a comeback. "washington post" reporter dave weigel is a devotee and he has written a new book, "the show that never ends." i spoke to him earlier. how did you, political reporter dave weigel, find the time and motivation to write a book about
progressive rock in the middle of last year's frenetic campaign? dave: it was a perfect distraction. i finished the book when i heard bernie sanders' primary campaign, when i heard the same speech 100 times in a row. i've been obsessed with the music for most of my adult life, and i started the book not predicting there would be an election like the last one and turning in the book a bit late. but i went from covering the campaign intensely -- laura: to progressive rock. dave: to an interview with keith emerson or something. laura: f the uninitiated, how do you define progressive rock? ♪ dave: super ambitious music. most of it grew out of the 1960's, kind of music in london, and evolved in the u.k. and the united states and in europe, too, music that incorporated classical forms, experimental
music, and that is why it is so hard to find -- i have yet to find a great elevator pitch for it. bands like yes, king crimson -- laura: you mentioned one band i know, procul harum. you say it is rock's best and weirdest rebellion. best? dave: i think so. the diversity i was mentioning before, especially if you look at what replaced it -- i love punk, i liked it before progressive, although i'm younger than both those movements. but it was fairly limiting, and when it wasn't, it was quoting things that progressive rock had done first. laura: there is a wonderful section at the open of the book where you described being on a progressive rock cruise in miami with the united nations of people who like the music. what is the enduring influence of progressive rock? dave: i think it is so technically interesting and there is so much potential in the music. it is bit like jazz, except hookier. 20-minute songs or double albums
like genesis, "the lamb lies down on broadway," that seem impenetrable, though when you withn to them, sometimes substances influencing the way you are hearing it, there is great technical brilliance in the playing, great ambition in what is being used to play the music, from the percussion to the synthesizers, and the melodies, strong melodies, lyrics that can be about anything. the stereotype is that they are all fantasy. no, they're just not "i love you, you love me" simple pop songs. they can incorporate anything from the text of "war and peace" to arguments about communism. there is so much encapsulated in the music. it is so unlimited. laura: is it possible that progressive rock is having a revival? dave: i don't think it will be like the 1970's and take over the biggest arenas in the country, but it is surviving better than people thought when people left it for dead in the 1980's. laura: dave weigel, thank you for joining us.
dave: i appreciate it. laura: the enigma that is progressive rock. you can find more of the day's news on a website, and to see what we are working on at any time, check out our facebook page. i am laura trevelyan. thanks for watching "bbc world news america." >> make sense of international news at bbc.com/news. >> funding of this presentation is made possible by the freeman foundation, and kovler foundation, pursuing solutions for america's neglected needs. >> planning a vacation escape that is relaxing, inviting, and exciting is a lot easier than you think. you can find it here in aruba. families, couples, and friends can all find their escape on the
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