British PM dubs Finsbury Park mosque attack as 'terrible incident'

Danny Woods
June 19, 2017

Eyewitnesses tell LBC radio that the van approached "slowly and intentionally accelerated into a crowded cafe outside a mosque". He was arrested on suspicion of attempted murder.

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

But the Met said: "At this early stage of this investigation, no other suspects at the scene have been identified or reported to police, however the investigation continues".

On March 22, a man drove a rented vehicle into pedestrians on Westminster Bridge in London and stabbed a police officer guarding the British parliament to death before being shot dead.

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

The London Ambulance Service says the injured are being taken to hospitals.

Shortly after midnight a van drove into a crowd of worshippers coming out of evening prayers at a mosque in Finsbury Park in North East London.

London Mayor Sadiq Khan, the first Muslim to serve in that position, said extra police would be deployed. The van driver tried to escape but people grabbed him. "He did what he did deliberately to hit and kill as many Muslims as possible, so he is a terrorist".

The 32-year-old told the Press Association: "There were a lot of people in the street, crossing the street, going to mosque for prayers, for forgiveness, just to pray and go home and eat".

The crash occurred near the Finsbury Park mosque.

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There are "a number of casualties being worked on at the scene" in London after a vehicle hit multiple pedestrians, authorities report.

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

Condemning the incident, Prime Minister Theresa May said: "This is a bad incident", adding, "All my thoughts are with those who have been injured, their loved ones, and the emergency services on the scene".

On June 3, eight people were killed and 48 were injured when three men rammed a van into pedestrians on London Bridge before launching a stabbing spree in nearby hotels.

Mohammed Shafiq of the Ramadhan Foundation, a Muslim organisation which speaks out against extremism, said: 'I utterly condemn the senseless and evil van attack against Muslim worshippers outside the Finsbury Park Mosque in London.

Manchester was also hit in May when a bomber killed more than 20 people at an Ariana Grande concert.

Finsbury Park is part of the Islington borough of north London, where around 10% (19,500) of the borough's total population are Muslim.

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

Police earlier said a vehicle had struck several pedestrians early Monday morning and one person had been arrested.

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