Van Incident at London Mosque, Several People Injured

Frederick Owens
June 19, 2017

Police said the 48-year-old man who was driving the van that hit people leaving evening prayers at the Finsbury Park mosque has been arrested and taken to a hospital as a precaution.

Here's what we know so far about an incident in which a van drove into pedestrians near Finsbury Park Mosque, north London, in the early hours of Monday morning, injuring several people. The police said all were Muslims.

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"People who were inside saw the attacker was smiling, he was waving, he was happy".

London police are investigating it as a terrorist incident.

Other witnesses have described how they also wrestled the suspected terrorist to the ground - but stopped others from hitting him until officers took over. It was not immediately clear why no charge had been made in relation to the one death.

- Eight people were hospitalized, all Muslim.

Eight others are in hospital, with two in a very serious condition.

Mr Kozbar said: "On Saturday as part of Jo Cox's Great together, members of Islington's different faith communities gathered at Muslim Welfare House to remember Jo Cox and to remember we all have more things in common than we have that differentiate us".

In one video, a group of men are seen holding the suspect to the ground as they call for the police.

Prime Minister Theresa May will chair a meeting of the Government's Cobra emergencies committee to discuss the Seven Sisters attack at 10am, and is expected to give a statement outside 10 Downing Street afterwards. That attack also appeared inspired by Islamist extremism.

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"We have been informed that a van has run over worshipers as they left #FinsburyPark Mosque", the Muslim Council of Britain tweeted early Monday. A police photographer records the scene at Finsbury Park in north London, where a vehicle struck pedestrians in north London Monday, June 19, 2017.

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

He added: "Extra policing resources have been deployed across London in order to reassure communities, especially those observing Ramadan". The attack comes during the Muslim holy month of Ramadan, when people attend prayers at night, the TV network added.

"He must have done it on goal", the Muslim man added.

A COURAGEOUS imam stepped in to protect the Finsbury Park mosque attacker, urging furious bystanders to "stop hitting him" and wait for police to arrive.

Hamza preached there from 1997 to 2003 before being jailed for inciting violence and later extradited to the United States.

Local police agree and told CNN, "This was a direct attack on Muslims".

However, a new board of trustees and management took over in February 2005, a year after Abu Hamza was arrested by British police, since when attendance has greatly increased among worshippers from various communities, according to the mosque's website.

Mohammed Shafiq of the Ramadhan Foundation, a Muslim organization, said that based on eyewitness reports, it seems to be a "deliberate attack against innocent Muslims".

As locals woke up to the horror Monday, some came onto the street in support of the mosque, holding up signs saying "We love our mixed community" and "Leave our Muslim neighbours alone".

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