Van Drives Into Several Pedestrians In North London; Casualties Reported

Frederick Owens
June 19, 2017

"Over the past weeks and months, Muslims have endured many incidents of Islamophobia, and this is the most violent manifestation to date", the Guardian quoted Khan as saying.

London mayor Sadiq Khan has condemned the "horrific terrorist attack" on "innocent Londoners". The streets were busier than usual as prayers had recently finished at the nearby Finsbury Park mosque.

Following a return to her role as shadow home secretary, Diane Abbott has called for a review of security around all mosques after an attack on worshippers at Finsbury Park that has left one person dead.

London police, already stretched by a series of recent tragedies including a high-rise fire in which 79 people are presumed dead and a terror attack near London Bridge that killed seven people, said they are putting more officers on the street to reassure the public.

The 48-year old van driver, described by witnesses as a large white man, was held by members of the public before being arrested by police.

"All my thoughts are with the victims, their families and the emergency services on the scene", she said.

"A number police units are at, and managing the cordons around, the crime scene, including local officers and those from neighbouring boroughs - supported by armed officers and the Territorial Support Group".

Police said the Counter Terrorism Command was investigating the crash.

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"All my thoughts are with those who have been injured, their loved ones and the emergency services on the scene", she said.

"We are working closely with other members of the emergency services at the scene", said Bate.

Mohammed Kozbar said the Muslim community is "in shock". "I've been in touch with the mosques, police and Islington council regarding the incident", Corbyn wrote. One person was killed and 10 were hurt. A man was then said to leap out of the vehicle, and unconfirmed reports say at least one of the victims was stabbed.

He said: "He just came into all of us". And in the days before the June 8 election, several people died and dozens were injured when three men went on a stabbing spree in central London.

This comes near the end of Ramadan, the holiest time of the year for Muslims. Many police cars and ambulances were responding.

Sky News reported that police said the incident happened after worshippers were leaving the Finsbury Park mosque after prayers.

"My officers were on the scene nearly immediately, and other uniformed and specialist officers quickly arrived to support them".

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