1 dead, 10 wounded in 'potential terrorist attack' near London mosque

Virginia Carter
June 19, 2017

"From the window, I started hearing a lot of yelling and screeching, a lot of chaos outside. … Everybody was shouting: "A van’s hit people, a van’s hit people", one woman who lives opposite the scene told the BBC. They were able to arrest the driver of the van, aged 48, who was detained by members of the public at the scene, according to Metropolitan Police.

One man died and eight people were taken to the hospital, Scotland Yard said.

Police said a man who was driving the auto has been arrested and taken to a hospital as a precaution.

"There was this white van stopped outside Finsbury Park Mosque that seems to have hit people who were coming out of the mosque after prayers finished".

London Ambulance Service deputy director of operations Kevin Bate said: "We have sent a number of ambulance crews, advance paramedics and specialist responses teams to the scene". May says police are treating the crash as a potential terrorist attack.

Toufik Kacimi, chief executive of the Muslim Welfare House, speaking to Sky News, said the attack clearly targeted Muslims, who were leaving evening prayers during Ramadan.

Mayor of London Sadiq Khan promised extra police to reassure people in the area, especially those observing Ramadan. And then the guy came out of his van and I got him.

Many will feel terrorised, no doubt be angry and saddened by what has taken place tonight. The mosque was reorganized and has not been associated with radical views for more than a decade.

Finsbury Park mosque was once infamous as the stamping ground of hook-handed hate preacher Abu Hamza.

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It is located a short walk away from Emirates Stadium, home of the Arsenal football club in north London.

The London Ambulance Service said eight people were taken to the hospital and a number of people were treated at the scene for minor injuries.

Prime Minister Theresa May described the crash as a "terrible incident".

Earlier this month, a van veered into pedestrians on London Bridge, setting off vehicle and knife attacks that killed eight people and wounded many others on the bridge and in the nearby Borough Market area.

One witness named Rayan told CNN it was evident that the attacker carried out the attack deliberately to target Muslims at Finsbury Park.

There was also an attack at an Ariana Grande concert in Manchester, where a bomber set off an explosion that killed more than 20 people.

A member of emergency services and forensic officers works on a road near Finsbury Park station after a vehicle struck pedestrians in north London, Monday, June 19, 2017.

Police earlier said a vehicle had struck several pedestrians early Monday morning and one person had been arrested.

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