Witnesses describe horror at scene of London mosque attack

Alvin Kelly
June 19, 2017

"There are a number of casualties being worked on at the scene".

Witnesses have described the aftermath after a van was driven into pedestrians near a north London mosque, leaving one man dead and eight injured.

People became angry at the scene where one man died and 10 others were injured in North London after the 48-year-old was detained by witnesses.

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.

THE Muslim Council of Britain has appealed for calm while police probe the suspected terror attack outside Finsbury Mosque early this morning. "All my thoughts are with the victims, their families and the emergency services on the scene", May said in a statement.

Witnesses of the suspected terrorist attack in north London's Seven Sisters Road told RT that the van driver "intentionally tried to crush people" as they exited a mosque after Ramadan evening prayers.

Islington's Seven Sisters Road, where the incident took place, is home to at least four mosques, and would have likely been filled with worshipers leaving late-night taraweeh prayers and heading back toward the Finsbury Park Underground Station.

Miqdaad Versi, assistant secretary general of the Muslim Council of Britain, said the van had deliberately swerved into a group of people who were helping a man who was ill and had fallen to the ground.

"We don't yet know the full details, but this was clearly a deliberate attack on innocent Londoners, many of whom were finishing prayers during the holy month of Ramadan".

He told RT: "Literally, he took the whole load of the van - he got hit on his head".

Eight people were taken to hospital, while two were treated at the scene.

On March 22, a man drove a rented vehicle into pedestrians on Westminster Bridge in London and stabbed a police officer guarding the British parliament to death before being shot dead.

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The incident follows a series of attacks in Britain.

London' police force have declined to explain why the person charged with attempted murder in the attack on pedestrians outside the Finsbury Park mosque was not immediately charged in connection with a man who died at the scene. Khalid said he went into shock after the collision happened and others on the scene had to lift the van in order to remove him.

A white man with black hair was seen being detained by police officers.

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.

British security officials, speaking on condition of anonymity in line with official policy, said hate crimes directed at Muslims have increased almost five-fold in the wake of several attacks in Britain.

Someone in the crowd is heard shouting, "No one touch him!"

Another witness, Hussain Ali, 28, said that while being restrained the suspect was protected by the people he is thought to have been targeting. "We stopped the guy and we put him on the floor and people managed to call police", Hashi said, showing CNN his bruises.

Police earlier said a vehicle had struck several pedestrians early Monday morning and one person had been arrested. It said its prayers are with the victims.

The incident comes at a time when emotions are high in England, where there have been several recent terrorist attacks.

Manchester was also hit by a severe attack when a bomber killed more than 20 people at an Ariana Grande concert.

Transportation officials said roads were being closed in the area.

However, it is up to the Police to find out the truth about the London Van Attack. Many police cars and ambulances were responding.

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