1 dead, 10 hurt in crash near mosque suspected as terrorism

Danny Woods
June 19, 2017

A van ran into Muslim worshipers leaving a north London mosque, killing one man and injuring eight others on Sunday.

"Police were called just after 0020 hours (2320 GMT) 18 June to reports of a vehicle in collision with pedestrians", police said in a statement.

British Prime Minister Theresa May says she will chair an emergency meeting on Monday morning.

The UK's largest Muslim umbrella body, the Muslim Council of Britain (MCB), said on Twitter that the crash happened outside the Muslim Welfare House, just down the road from Finsbury Park mosque.

The Metropolitan Police said only that they had deployed "extra policing resources" but acknowledged the particular need to reassure those observing the month of Ramadan, which ends on Saturday.

The Muslim Council tweeted that worshippers were struck by a van as they were leaving prayers near the Finsbury Park mosque. Numerous victims are believed to have just left evening prayers after breaking the Ramadan fast.

Video posted on social media showed people screaming as bystanders performed chest compressions on one of the injured, and another man held a bloody cloth to his head. And then the guy came out of his van and I got him. May said her thoughts were with the victims, their families and emergency responders, according to British newspaper The Independent.

Eyewitness Cynthia Vanzella told CNN she saw multiple casualties and at least one person who appeared to be badly hurt.

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"There was this white van stopped outside Finsbury Park mosque that seemed to have hit people who were coming out after prayers had finished". Armed police, ambulances and the fire service were in attendance. The mosque was closed and later reorganized and has not been associated with radical views for more than a decade.

"This is being treated as a terrorist attack".

The incident occurred shortly after midnight.

It added that the Singapore High Commission is working closely with the London authorities to monitor the situation, and is reaching out to Singaporeans who are e-registered in London.

And after two van attacks since the month of March alone, London is wondering whether the Finsbury Park "incident" is another terrorist attack. "An advance trauma team from London's Air Ambulance has also been dispatched by vehicle", he added.

"We all live perfectly fine", she said. Police killed three Muslim extremists who carried out the attack. Before that several pedestrians and a police officer were killed in a car-and-knife attack in London.

On May 22, a suicide attack killed 22 people and injured almost 60 after an Ariana Grande concert in Manchester.

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