Vehicle strikes several pedestrians on London road
- Author: Zachary Reyes Jun 19, 2017,
Jun 19, 2017, 10:00
Eight people were killed last month when attackers used a van to plow into pedestrians on London Bridge, then got out to stab restaurant patrons with knives at the adjacent Borough Market.
One person has been arrested after a vehicle hit pedestrians in north London, injuring several people, police said Monday, as Muslim leaders said worshippers were mown down after leaving a mosque.
But the Met said: "At this early stage of this investigation, no other suspects at the scene have been identified or reported to police, however the investigation continues". There were a number of casualties as reported by police.
One person has been arrested following the incident, which occurred on Seven Sisters Road.
Several hundred worshippers would have been in the area at the time after attending prayers as part of the Muslim holy month of Ramadan.
Another eyewitness, Boubou Sougou, told The Guardian the driver deliberately hit people on the pavement.
The Muslim Council of Britain said its "prayers are with the victims". The incident followed a series of attacks in Britain.
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.
"Whoever did this, he did it to hurt people and it's a terrorist attack", Kozbar told the Sun newspaper. The attackers were killed by police.
Vanzella said she saw police put a man into a police auto and take him away, but she didn't see them arrest him.
An armed police officer mans a cordon on the Seven Sisters Road at Finsbury Park where a vehicle struck pedestrians in London Monday, June 19, 2017.
Others have described seeing police tend to the injured.
The attacks were a factor in campaigning ahead of the June 8 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. Vanzella said there have been no conflict among the groups in the past.
An eyewitness told the ABC that worshippers were "minding our own business, drinking tea, relaxing after the mosque" when "a big white van swerved in".
Transport for London said Finsbury Park station was open, but passengers should use the entrance at Station Place via Stroud Green Road, as the Seven Sisters Road entrance is closed. A number of police and ambulances were in attendance.