Vehicle hits several pedestrians on London road

Gwen Vasquez
June 19, 2017

Several people are injured, according to British news reports, and one man has been arrested.

Police say the driver of a van that hit pedestrians on a London road is a 48-year-old man who has been arrested and taken to a hospital.

A helicopter and many emergency vehicles were at the scene, which was closed off by a large police cordon.

The site is close to the Finsbury Park Mosque, from which worshippers were leaving after midnight prayers.

"We have sent a number of ambulance crews, advance paramedics and specialist response teams to the scene", the London Ambulance Service said in a statement.

"These people who have been attacked were the people who just left the mosque ... but we don't know whether they are all from the Muslim community - I assume that there are other casualties and victims who maybe are not even Muslim", he said.

London police are investigating what they're calling a "major incident in Seven Sisters Road".

The leader of Britain's opposition Labour Party, Jeremy Corbyn, said in a statement on Twitter he was "totally shocked" by the incident.

Sougou added: "I saw the attacker attempting to run away but people from the mosque held him back", he said.

Finsbury Park Mosque Chairman Mohammed Kozbar tweeted his condolences for the "cowardly attack".

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The Muslim Council of Britain general secretary Harun Khan has urged authorities to step up security outside all mosques for fear of another attack.

Police said they were called just after 12:20 a.m. (2320 GMT Sunday) to reports of a collision on Seven Sisters Road, which runs through the Finsbury Park area of the city.

The London Ambulance Service said it was responding to the incident.

Eyewitnesses told British media that the van seemed to have veered and hit people intentionally.

Salah Alamoudi said eight people were hit and up to three of them were in a "life-threatening" condition.

An eyewitness who lives in a flat on Seven Sisters Road said she saw people "shouting and screaming", the BBC reported.

The incident comes on the heels of two attacks in London since March involving vehicles striking pedestrians. His attack killed five people.

"A number of passers-by, or friends, or people who had come by from the mosque, were gathering around him to help take him to his family, take him to his house", Versi told Reuters.

LBC reporter Rachael Venables caught the touching moment when the Muslim men prayed for the victims of the attack in the street.

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