1 dead, 10 hurt in crash near London mosque suspected as terrorism

Virginia Carter
June 19, 2017

ONE MAN has died and ten people are injured after a white van mowed down a group of worshippers nearby a mosque in north London.

Officers were called to the scene at 12:20 a.m. Monday on Seven Sisters Road.

One witness described being surrounded by bodies in the wake of the attack outside the Muslim Welfare House, close to Finsbury Park mosque. Similarly, London's Metropolitan Police spokesman said that it was "too soon to say" if the incident was indeed a terrorist attack.

The attack will stretch the capacity of authorities in Britain, who have faced four attacks in recent months, together with a major fire that has killed dozens.

"Tomorrow I don't want to see, "Oh he's got mental issues".

A man leapt out of the van and stabbed at least one person, the Evening Standard newspaper reported, citing witnesses.

Green Party co-leader Caroline Lucas said her thoughts were with the community and emergency services, adding: "We will not be divided".

Eyewitness Abdiqadir Warra told AFP: "He just drove at people".

The incident occurred just after midnight in the northern part of the city, near the Finsbury Park Mosque.

Home Secretary Amber Rudd was asked if authorities initially treated it more like a vehicle crash than immediately assuming something more evil.

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The Finsbury Park Mosque gained notoriety more than a decade ago for sermons by radical cleric Abu Hamza al-Masri, who was sentenced to life in a US prison in January 2015 for his conviction on terrorism-related charges.

One man, who gave his name as Mohin, said his cousin was caught up in the incident.

She said she was about to go to sleep when she heard shouting outside and went to her window to look at the chaotic scene unfolding.

She was due to hold an emergency ministerial meeting on Monday.

London Mayor Sadiq Khan urged people to "remain calm and vigilant" and said the Met had deployed extra police to reassure communities, especially those observing Ramadan.

Earlier this month, three terrorists carried out a vehicular attack followed by a stabbing spree in London that left eight people dead and dozens wounded.

Transportation officials said roads were being closed in the area.

"We know that the police were on hand immediately", she said responding to questions on Sky TV.

An imam guarded the van driver who mowed down Muslim worshippers until the police arrived, telling a crowd: "Do not touch him". Before that several pedestrians and a police officer were killed in a car-and-knife attack in London.

In Manchester in late May, a suicide bomber killed 22 people, including many children, at an arena where a pop concert had just ended.

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