Deadly van attack outside London mosque
- Author: Leroy Wright Jun 19, 2017,
Jun 19, 2017, 22:16
Some eyewitnesses report that the driver veered off the road into the crowd on goal.
British Prime Minister Theresa May convened an emergency response meeting following the incident.
Early on Monday morning, a van drove into a group of pedestrians near the Finsbury Park Mosque in Northern London. Police are investigating whether a man who died while being given first aid at the scene was killed by the attack or something else.
Chief Constable Craig Guildford, of Nottinghamshire Police, also said: "Having seen the impact of the recent devastation caused by events in Manchester and London, I know that this attack will cause concern for our communities".
"They left local Mosques after prayers and as some people were helping a potential heart attack victim".
Neil Basu, the senior national coordinator for counter-terrorism, said: "No matter what the motivation proves to be, and we are keeping an open mind, this is being treated as a terrorist attack and the counter-terrorism command is investigating. We treat this as a terrorist attack". Sky News reported that the mosque's imam prevented the crowd from beating the attacker until police arrived.
Mohammed Kozbar, the chairman of Finsbury Park Mosque in north London, said members of Islington's differing faith communities had come together as part of the weekend's Great Get Together, a year on from the politician's murder. The attack comes during the Muslim holy month of Ramadan.
Eight people were taken to hospital after the attack outside the mosque, which is also a community centre. He wanted to run away and was saying, "I want to kill Muslims".
The incident took place just before 1am last night when a white van mounted the pavement and careered into a group of Good Samaritan Muslims outside Muslim Welfare House in Finsbury Park, north London.
Britain set its terror at "severe", meaning an attack is highly likely, after a pair of incidents recently.