Vehicle hits people near London mosque, causing casualties

Bruno Cirelli
Giugno 20, 2017

Met Police Commissioner Cressida Dick said the incident was "quite clearly an attack on Muslims", and there would be more police, including armed officers, in the area, "particularly around religious establishments".

The suspect "was very quickly and calmly given over to the police", Basu said, as he praised the community for their bravery.

The white van ploughed into pedestrians near Muslim Welfare House and not far from the Finsbury Park Mosque at around 12:20am local time on Monday.

Eight people have been taken to hospital.

Some bystanders told reporters that the van's driver said "Kill all Muslims" and "I did it" following the attack, and he reportedly smiled and waved at the crowds as he was taken away in a police cruiser.

Harun Khan, the Muslim Council of Britain's secretary general, released a statement on the attack, sending his prayers to victims.

A 48-year-old man has been arrested on suspicion of murder. The police are treating this as a terrorist attack "because it has all the features of it", according to the newspaper.

Bystanders rushed to pin down the driver of the rented van and held him until the police arrived.

Earlier, he tweeted: "I'm totally shocked at the incident at Finsbury Park tonight". Though the London Metropolitan Police have not yet used the word "terrorism" to describe the incident, it is no less tragic or newsworthy.

Mr Corbyn said that, while he had not spoken to the Prime Minister directly, their offices had been in touch, and Theresa May "expressed her condolences for the death and also concerns about what happened last night".

Video filmed in the immediate aftermath of a van striking worshippers near a London mosque showed a Caucasian man being detained by police.

"During the night, ordinary British citizens were set upon while they were going about their lives, completing their night worship", the Muslim Council said in a statement, adding that "Muslims have endured many incidents of Islamophobia", over the past weeks and months.

"We sent over 60 medics to the scene, including ambulance crews, advance paramedics and specialist responses teams and an advance trauma team from London's Air Ambulance", said the service's Deputy Director of Operations, Kevin Bate.

The man who died was already receiving first aid at the time of the attack, the latest in a spate of terrorist strikes in Britain.

Earlier this month on London Bridge, Islamic extremists used a vehicle and then knives to kill eight people and wound many others on the bridge and in the popular nearby Borough Market area.

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