A 'number' of casualties after vehicle strikes pedestrians in London

Gladys Abbott
June 19, 2017

A vehicle struck pedestrians near a mosque in north London early Mond.

"Officers are on scene with other emergency services". PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Monday June 19, 2017. The Muslim Council of Britain called what happened a "violent manifestation of Islamophobia".

(Yui Mok/PA via AP).

She said the road was "backed up" with police cars, ambulance and fire engines.

The Labour leader said he had been in touch with local mosques, police and the council following the incident, which took place in his constituency and near his home.

A 48-year-old man was arrested following the collision just after midnight near Finsbury Park Mosque in Seven Sisters Road, reports the BBC.

Police say the situation is fluid and declined to comment further.

"Police say incident has all the "hallmarks" of a terrorist" incident.

"While he was in the police van he was waving for victory, he was very happy", Athman said. People are reporting of several injured, some fatalities. Eight people were killed and dozens were wounded before police fatally shot the three attackers.

There was no immediate suggestion the incident in Finsbury Park was terror-related.

Prime Minister May said her thoughts were with those injured in "this bad incident".

The Muslim Council tweeted that worshippers had been struck and said its prayers were with the victims. "Then people came to help the injured and surrounded the driver, while the other two got away".

"The Met have deployed extra police to reassure communities, especially those observing Ramadan".

Abdikadir Warfa, who was on the street at the time, said the van turned left into an alleyway and hit a number of people before coming to a stop. One person was killed and 10 were hurt.

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Images from the scene show a white van wedged against a traffic barrier at the end of a dead end street. He has been taken to a hospital for an evaluation, and will be placed in police custody immediately upon his discharge.

People could be heard shouting and screaming amid the chaos and bloodstains were visible on the pavement. "No one! No one!"

Finsbury Park mosque was once infamous as the stamping ground of hook-handed hate preacher Abu Hamza.

She was due to hold an emergency ministerial meeting on Monday.

BREAKING: We have been informed that a van has run over worshippers as they left #FinsburyPark Mosque. The Scotland Yard proclaimed that the alleged terrorist driver had been arrested.

"The man driving the van was white, and he didn't stop. I didn't see the attacker himself, although he seems to have been arrested, but I did see the van".

"The British Muslim community requires all decent people to stand with us against this evil violence", he said, adding that "rampant Islamophobia has been on the rise for a number of years". Eight of the injured were taken to hospitals and the rest were treated at the scene.

He said: "We don't yet know the full details, but this was clearly a deliberate attack on innocent Londoners, many of whom were finishing prayers during the holy month of Ramadan".

"The investigation of the incident is being carried out by the Counter Terrorism Command", a statement confirmed.

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

Prime Minister Theresa May described the crash as a "terrible incident".

A Reuters witness saw at least one person being loaded into an ambulance.

Commenting on reports that the van driver also produced a knife, the statement went on: "At this stage there are no reports of any persons having suffered any knife injuries".

The crash occurred near the Finsbury Park mosque.

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