London crash: What we know so far

Frederick Owens
June 19, 2017

"Police have confirmed this is being treated as a potential terrorist attack", Prime Minister Theresa May said.

TIME reports that 10 others were injured and police are investigating the incident as a terrorist attack.

Earlier, she chaired an emergency meeting of Cabinet members, police and security personnel, the Downing Street press office tells CNN.

The crash occurred at a time when the multiethnic neighborhood was crowded with Muslims leaving the Finsbury Park mosque after Ramadan prayers.

The 48-year-old driver of the vehicle has been arrested and police aren't looking for anyone else. In March, a man drove a auto into pedestrians on Westminster Bridge and stabbed a police officer to death before being shot dead.

Muslim Welfare House released a statement appealing for calm.

The deadly collision that unfolded outside a mosque in London early Monday has been declared a terrorist attack by British officials.

An attempted arson in 2105 saw a white man try to light a jerrycan full of petrol and throw it over the railings before he fled the scene on a moped. He contained him with two or three other guys and gave him to the police once they arrived.

"He explained to me that the man was very violent, aggressive, and he came over him until the police arrival - but there were other people helping him because the crowd was extremely angry, unhappy, so some people started acting violently too".

He added: "Extra policing resources have been deployed across London in order to reassure communities, especially those observing Ramadan".

"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".

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"One man was pronounced dead at the scene", the statement reads. Police said he was already receiving first aid when the attack unfolded. Eight of the injured were taken to hospitals and the rest were treated at the scene. Two of them are seriously injured.

"We have been informed that a van has run over worshipers as they left #FinsburyPark Mosque", the Muslim Council of Britain said on Twitter.

Muslim leaders have reacted to the attack in Finsbury Park, north London, with shock, condemnation and calls for security at mosques to be stepped up. According to the 2011 Census, half the population in the borough aged under 25 are from nonwhite ethnic backgrounds.

The largest mosque in the area is Finsbury Park Mosque, an unassuming five-story redbrick building near the station, which opened in 1994. The mosque, which today operates largely as a community center, rose to global notoriety in the early 2000s, due to its links with Egyptian-born radical cleric Abu Hamza al-Masri.

- Since then, the mosque has worked to turn its reputation around and now operates mostly as a community center.

"Officers were in the immediate vicinity as the attack unfolded and responded instantly".

London Mayor Sadiq Khan said following that attack that there had been a 40-percent increase in racist incidents in the city and a fivefold increase in the number of anti-Muslim incidents.

British security officials, speaking on condition of anonymity in line with official policy, said hate crimes directed at Muslims have increased almost five-fold in the wake of several attacks in Britain. We do not know how many were injured or killed, but our prayers are with the victims and families.

In an attack similar to the London Bridge attack, one Khalid Masood rammed a auto he had rented into pedestrians on the busy Westminster Bridge.

He said: "When I drove past slowly I could count three people on the floor and police were performing CPR on one of them".

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