May vows crackdown after van hits Muslims near London mosque

Police arrested Osborne on suspicion of commission, preparation or instigation of terrorism including murder as well as attempted murder after a auto ploughed into a crowd of pedestrians near a north London mosque.

Police have launched a counter-terrorism investigation as a van incident leaves one person dead and eight injured in the north London suburb of Finsbury Park.

London police chief Cressida Dick said the incident was "quite clearly an attack on Muslims" and promised a stepped-up police presence near mosques as the holy month of Ramadan draws to a close.

"People now have a big question about safety in London after all these terrorist attacks, and we want to assure them that they are safe, and that's why we want to work with the police", Kozbar said.

The worshipers were attending to an elderly man who'd fallen suddenly ill after evening prayers when terror struck.

In March, a man plowed a rented SUV into pedestrians on London's Westminster Bridge, killing four people before stabbing a police officer to death outside Parliament.

Britain's terrorist alert has been set at "severe", meaning an attack is highly likely.

An imam was praised after he saved the Finsbury Park attack suspect from being beaten when crowds pulled him from the van he used to kill one and injure many more.

Khan, who vowed "zero tolerance" for hate crimes, said "we will not allow these terrorists to succeed ... we will stay a strong city".

All of the casualties injured in the attack, which happened at around 12.20am, were Muslim and the area was busy after Ramadan night prayers.

"There was this white van stopped outside Finsbury Park mosque that seemed to have hit people who were coming out after prayers had finished".

The Metropolitan Police confirmed they were called to the East London mosque on Monday afternoon after a hoax bomb threat.

"He has further been arrested for the commission, preparation or instigation of terrorism including murder and attempted murder", Scotland Yard police headquarters said in a statement.

It is the fourth terror attack in the United Kingdom in three months, after incidents in Westminster, Manchester and on London Bridge.

Mohammed Mahmoud told reporters: "We told them the situation - there's a man, he's restrained, he mowed down a group of people with his van and there is a mob attempting to hurt him and if you don't take him then, God forbid, he might be seriously hurt".

Another eyewitness, who gave his name as Athman, told AFP: "While he was in the police van he was waving for victory, he was very happy".

The Finsbury Park Mosque was once a notorious hub for radical Islamists but has changed markedly in recent years under new management.

  • Leroy Wright