Vehicle hits people near London mosque, causing casualties

Police say incident outside the Finsbury Park mosque in North London has all the "hallmarks of a terrorist incident".

Eight people were taken to hospital and two more were treated for minor injuries at the scene. "We're being held some distance away from where the van was", said Phil Black on CNN, as footage from the pre-dawn hours showed a line of uniformed police, flashing lights and passers-by milling around, and little else in the frame.

Mr Rahman told the BBC he struck the man and helped subdue him after the van hit a group of people just after midnight on Seven Sisters Road. David Robinson, 41, who arrived just after the accident, said: "We saw lots of people shouting and lots of people injured". Access to the scene was cut and cordoned off by the police.

The attacks were a factor in campaigning ahead of the 8 June election, with Prime Minister May criticised for overseeing a drop of 20,000 in the number of police officers in England and Wales as interior minister from 2010 to 2016.

Few details of the attack have been revealed, and the identity of the suspect is still unknown.

The van which ploughed into worshippers in a fatal attack near a north London mosque belonged to a Welsh firm.

"During the night, ordinary British citizens were set upon while they were going about their lives, completing their night worship".

"We are working closely with other members of the emergency services at the scene", the ambulance service said.

According to Home Secretary Amber Rudd the Metropolitan Police confirmed the incident was being investigated by its Counter Terrorism Command Unit.

"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", the statement read.

Earlier this month, a van veered into pedestrians on London Bridge, with attackers then stabbing and slashing eight people to death and wounding many others on the bridge and in the nearby Borough Market area.

"The British Muslim community requires all decent people to stand with us against this evil violence", he said, adding that "rampant Islamophobia has been on the rise for a number of years". "Some of them he took a few metres (along the road)".

"I will chair an emergency meeting later this morning".

Police earlier said a vehicle had struck several pedestrians early Monday morning and one person had been arrested.

Numerous victims are believed to have just left evening prayers after breaking the Ramadan fast.

Witnesses say an attacker laughed as he was arrested by police officers after a van "intentionally"' swerved into a crowd of pedestrians near London's Finsbury Park Mosque.

Monday's incident was the third since March involving a vehicle running into pedestrians in London.

Transportation officials said roads in the area were being closed.

"I've been in touch with the mosques, police and Islington council regarding the incident", he said.

  • Leroy Wright