What we know: Pedestrians struck near north London mosque
- Author: Leroy Wright Jun 19, 2017,
Jun 19, 2017, 15:42
At least one person is dead, and eight are in hospital after a van slammed into crowds of pedestrians in Finsbury Park, north London, just after midnight on Monday morning local time. "There has been one person arrested", the statement said. "Our prayers are with the victims", the Muslim Council of Britain (MCB), an umbrella body, said on Twitter.
"We don't yet know the full details", Khan said, "but this was clearly a deliberate attack on innocent Londoners, many of whom were finishing prayers during the holy month of Ramadan".
The mosque near Seven Sisters was once a notorious hub for radical Islamists but has become much more liberal in the past decade.
The chairman of the Finsbury Park Mosque says the van crash that hit worshippers was a "cowardly attack" and urged Muslims going to mosques to be vigilant.
Heroic bystanders wrestled the suspect, who was clean-shaven with curly hair and wore a white t-shirt, to the floor and pinned him down until officers arrived, at around 12.20am, after he allegedly screamed: "I want to kill all Muslims".
Some witnesses at the scene said more than one attacker may have been involved.
British Home Secretary Amber Rudd says police "immediately" treated a fatal incident outside a London mosque as a suspected terrorist attack.
There has been yet another terror attack in London as a van was driven into a group of pedestrians in Finsbury Park late on Sunday night.
Prime Minister May said her thoughts were with those injured in "this bad incident".
The area of north London where a vehicle ploughed into worshippers who had left a nearby mosque early Monday is vibrant, ethnically diverse and home to a strong Muslim community.
The council clarified that the incident took place outside the Muslim Welfare House, 300 meters away from the mosque.
A 48-year-old man has been arrested under suspicion of attempted murder after mounting the pavement outside Muslim Welfare House which is near Finsbury Park Mosque.
- Residents in Finsbury Park had criticized authorities for not declaring the incident as terrorism soon enough, and police only publicly announced they were treating it as terror more than eight hours after the event.
The Emirates Stadium close by, while further up Seven Sisters Road is the green space of Finsbury Park, which opened in 1869 and gives the area its name.
Footage showed injured people lying on the ground and angry crowds surrounding a man believed to be the driver of the vehicle, according to the Independent.
"I'm totally shocked at the incident at Finsbury Park tonight".
Britain's terrorist alert has been set at "severe", meaning an attack is highly likely.
Its former imam Abu Hamza was jailed for life in NY on terrorism charges in 2015.
Earlier this month, three men who pledged allegiance to the Islamic State terrorist organization rammed a van into pedestrians on London Bridge before stabbing passersby, killing eight.
On May 22, a suicide bomber killed 22 people at a concert by American pop singer Ariana Grande in Manchester in northern England.