Man held after van driven into crowd near Finsbury Park mosque
- Author: Leroy Wright Jun 19, 2017,
Jun 19, 2017, 12:53
Kevin Bate, director of The London Ambulance Service (LAS) said, without elaborating on the conditions of those injured, that the paramedic services were called at 00.15 hours (local time) to attend a traffic accident on the Seven Sister Boulevard.
Andrew, a courier who did not wish to give his surname, said he saw three people on the ground and at least one of them appeared to be in Muslim dress.
The secretary general of the Muslim Council of Britain, Harun Rashid Khan says he is "shocked and outraged to hear a van has intentionally run over worshippers leaving Ramadan night prayers on Seven Sisters Road".
Britain's terrorist alert level is now at "severe", meaning an attack in highly likely.
"I've been in touch with the mosques, police and Islington council regarding the incident".
Mr Corbyn added his thoughts were with the victims and their families, while Mrs May said it was a "terrible incident".
A pedestrian has died after a man in a white van drove into worshippers near a mosque and then shouted, "I'm going to kill all Muslims".
He said the man arrested did not say anything.
London Ambulance Service say they have sent a "number of resources" to the incident.
The police, who termed the collision a "major incident", are investigating whether it was accidental or deliberate and it is understood that in the crash's initial aftermath armed officers were deployed as a precaution, the Guardian said.
The mosques were busy with people observing the holy month of Ramadan.
During the 2016 US presidential campaign, Labour Party leader Jeremy Corbyn invited Donald Trump to visit Finsbury Park Mosque to show him how "multicultural, multifaith" Britain "works". The other was held at the scene until the police came.
One person was killed and 10 others injured early Monday when a vehicle ran down pedestrians near a mosque in the northern area of the city, according to authorities.
A number of people have been injured after a van allegedly ploughed into worshippers outside a London mosque.
"Everyone was shouting 'a van's hit people, '" one eyewitness told the BBC.
Transport for London says Seven Sisters Road has been closed northbound between Hornsey Road and Rock Street.
In 2015, the mosque was one of around 20 that took part in an open day organised by the MB to promote better understanding of Islam following terrorist attacks in Paris.
Five people were killed in the attack.
Cynthia Vanzella, who lives near the scene, said on Twitter: "Horrible to watch police officers doing cardiac massage at people on the floor, desperately trying to save them".
Witnesses described seeing police giving emergency medical treatment to victims after the incident at 12.20am in Finsbury Park.