Council says van struck people leaving mosque
- Author: Leroy Wright Jun 19, 2017,
Jun 19, 2017, 15:04
Police said the 48-year-old man who was driving the auto has been arrested and taken to a hospital as a precaution. A van driver who was arrested by police has been taken to hospital and is subject to a mental health assessment.
Deputy Assistant Commissioner Neil Basu of the Metropolitan police - the senior national coordinator for counterterrorism policing - said it was too early to tell whether the man who died at the scene had been killed in the attack.
The investigation of the incident is being carried out by the Counter Terrorism Command. Access to the scene was cut and cordoned off by the police.
Some witnesses believe there was more than one person involved in the attack, but a statement from the police said there were no other suspects.
Ms May will chair an emergency meeting following the incident.
Labour leader and local MP Jeremy Corbyn said on Twitter that he was "totally shocked" by the event.
According to a report by Al Jazeera, one person was killed while 10 others have been confirmed injured after a vehicle ran over pedestrians close to two mosques.
Abdulraman Aidroos, who witnessed the incident, said "a white British man" shouted, "I am going to kill Muslims" before driving his vehicle into pedestrians.
He said the attack was deliberate and targeted innocent Londoners, many of whom were finishing prayers during the holy month of Ramzan. We will focus on reports from police officials and other authorities, credible news outlets and reporters who are at the scene.
Worshippers attending Ramadan prayers had been emerging from the Finsbury Park mosque when the vehicle struck. That incident came just a week after the Manchester Arena attack, which killed 22 and left more than 100 injured.
Britain's terrorism threat level now remains at severe.
A white van was driven into a crowd of people near the Finsbury Park Mosque in North London just past midnight, as worshippers were leaving following Ramadan prayers.
"Muslim communities have been calling for increased action to tackle the growth in hate crime for many years and transformative action must now be taken to tackle not only this incident but the hugely worrying growth in Islamophobia", he said.
London Mayor Sadiq Khan, the first Muslim to serve in that position, said extra police would be deployed.