What we know : Pedestrians struck near north London mosque

Gladys Abbott
June 19, 2017

The incident is being investigated by counter terrorism cops, who say they are now not looking for any other suspects.

"I will chair an emergency meeting later this morning".

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

Scotland Yard said that one person had been arrested in the apparent attack.

Then on June 3, eight people were killed and 48 were injured when three men drove a van into pedestrians on London Bridge before leaping out and launching a stabbing spree in nearby bars and restaurants. Eight of the injured were taken to hospitals and the rest were treated at the scene. One was detained and two left the scene, the witnesses said. "Some of them he took a few metres (along the road)".

There are "a number of casualties being worked on at the scene" in London after a vehicle hit multiple pedestrians, authorities report.

David Robinson, 41, who arrived just after the accident, said: "We saw lots of people shouting and lots of people injured".

He told BuzzFeed: "I think at least eight or 10 people got injured". Police said he was already receiving first aid when the attack unfolded.

The Associated Press reports that Finsbury Park Mosque, one of four mosques in the Islington borough, had been associated with extremist ideology in the wake of the 9/11 attacks in the US.

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The neighborhood has two mosques, and several hundred worshippers would have been in the area after attending prayers as part of the Muslim holy month of Ramadan. Officers were called to the scene at 12:20 a.m. Monday. She said a police officer was doing what looked like a "cardiac massage, as if they might have had a bad heart or something".

The area is in Corbyn's Islington North constituency.

Londons transport authority said on Twitter that the Seven Sisters road had been closed due to an "emergency services incident". Others searched the area with sniffer dogs. We have a church in one road, an evangelic church in another and a mosque across the road as well.

-The Finsbury Park Mosque "condemns in the strongest terms" a "heinous terrorist attack" early Monday, according to a statement released by the mosque Monday.

- Abu Hamza, who was the mosque's imam from 1997 to 2003, was later extradited to the United States, where he was convicted of supporting al Qaeda and Taliban terrorists, and sentenced to life in prison in 2015.

The Muslim Council of Britain has called for extra security around mosques, describing the attack as "the most violent manifestation" of Islamophobia. "We all live perfectly fine", she said.

Speaking after the attack, a Muslim Welfare House spokesman also appealed for calm while police investigate.

London Mayor Sadiq Khan said following that attack that there had been a 40-percent increase in racist incidents in the city and a fivefold increase in the number of anti-Muslim incidents.

On his Facebook page, Khan at the time called on Londoners "to pull together, and send a clear message around the world that our city will never be divided by these ugly individuals who seek to harm us and destroy our way of life".

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