Van hits pedestrians in London; 'number of casualties' reported

Frederick Owens
June 19, 2017

It is too early to state if his death was as a result of this attack.

In 2015, the mosque was one of around 20 that took part in an open day organised by the MCB to promote better understanding of Islam following Islamist-inspired terrorist attacks in Paris. "It seeks to drive us apart and to break the precious bonds of solidarity and citizenship which we share in this country", she said.

"We have been informed that a van has run over worshippers as they left FinsburyPark Mosque".

A 48-year-old man has been arrested under suspicion of attempted murder after mounting the pavement outside Muslim Welfare House which is near Finsbury Park Mosque.

- Police have not named the man arrested, but the van bears the logo and phone number for Pontyclun Van Hire in south Wales.

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".

"We urge calm as the investigation establishes the full facts, and in these last days of Ramadan, pray for those affected and for justice".

Counter-terror police were investigating the incident.

An armed police officer mans a cordon on the Seven Sisters Road at Finsbury Park where a vehicle struck pedestrians in London Monday, June 19, 2017.

The force added: " Due to the nature of this incident extra policing resources have been deployed in order to reassure communities, especially those observing Ramadan".

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British Prime Minister Theresa May decried the "terrible incident", saying in a statement that her "thoughts are with those who have been injured, their loved ones and the emergency services on the scene".

- Residents in Finsbury Park had criticized authorities for not declaring the incident as terrorism soon enough, and police only publicly announced they were treating it as terror more than eight hours after the event.

The attack came shortly after worshippers attended evening prayers at the Muslim Welfare House. Three Muslim extremists who carried out the attack were shot dead by police, as bar customers threw bottles and chairs to defend themselves.

Police said he was already receiving first aid when the attack unfolded.

A man has died and eight people have been injured after a van ploughed into pedestrians near a north London mosque. Two of them are seriously injured.

The mosque is near Seven Sisters Road and was once a notorious hub for radical Islamists but has entirely changed under new management.

Labour Party leader Jeremy Corbyn, who is the MP for Islington North, the constituency where the mosque is located, tweeted his shock at the attack. According to the 2011 Census, half the population in the borough aged under 25 are from nonwhite ethnic backgrounds.

Labor's shadow home secretary Diane Abbott, whose Hackney North and Stoke Newington constituency lies close to the scene, called for police to review security at mosques.

Its former imam Abu Hamza was jailed for life in NY on terrorism charges in 2015.

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

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