Mosque chairman says crash was 'cowardly attack'

Frederick Owens
June 19, 2017

Prime Minister Theresa May said it is being treated as "potential terrorist attack". The 48-year-old suspect was treated for unspecified injuries before being placed under arrest on suspicion of attempted murder. "Their restraint in the circumstances was commendable".

A man has been arrested after driving a van into worshippers near a north London mosque.

A man who drove a van into worshippers near a London mosque on Monday was not known to the security services in terms of far-right extremism, British minister Ben Wallace said.

Another witness, Ratib Al-Sulaman, told CNN: "There's a lots of people from Nigeria, from Tunisia from Morocco, from the Arab countries".

"When I got him on the ground, I said, 'Why are you doing this?' He said, 'I want to kill more Muslims'". They are investigating the crash as suspected terrorism. "I've been in touch with the mosques, police and Islington council regarding the incident", Corbyn wrote.

The Metropolitan Police described the attack as a "major incident" and said one person was in custody, and there were "a number of casualties".

Police said one man was pronounced dead at the scene and the van driver, aged 48, had been detained by members of the public before being arrested.

"The attack unfolded whilst a man was receiving first aid from the public at the scene", Basu said.

The attack comes during the Muslim holy month of Ramadan, when people attend prayers at night.

London police said in a statement that one death has been confirmed and eight people were injured and taken to nearby hospitals.

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A Metropolitan Police spokesperson said it is "too early to say" if the collision is a terror incident.

Another eyewitness, who gave his name as Athman, told AFP: "People were screaming: "It's a terrorist attack, it's an attack, this guy attacked us", and I had to run back and tried to save people who were still alive and giving water, helping the police".

Mohammed Kozbar said the attack early Monday morning was no different than the recent attacks on London Bridge and Manchester Arena and said the Muslim community is "in shock".

The Muslim Council of Britain (MCB) said that they had been "informed" that a van had run over worshippers when they were leaving a mosque in Finsbury Park. "Our prayers are with the victims".

Ten others were injured and taken to hospital. An advance trauma team from London's Air Ambulance has also been dispatched by vehicle.

The London ambulance service said a "number of resources have been sent to the scene in Seven Sisters Road".

Another witness, Abdikadar Warfa, said he helped to detain the suspect while his friends helped victims.

She said: "I saw many people shouting, taking over half of Seven Sisters Road, I thought that something bad has happened. An attack on one community is an attack on all of us", said Police Commissioner Cressida Dick.

"This big van just came and went all over us", witness Abdulrahman Saleh Alamoudi told BuzzFeed News.

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