1 dead, 8 injured in van crash near mosque

Virginia Carter
June 19, 2017

On May 22, a suicide attack killed 22 people and injured almost 60 after an Ariana Grande concert in Manchester.

"Eight people injured were taken to three separate hospitals; two people were treated at the scene for minor injuries".

A 48-year-old man was arrested following the collision just after midnight near Finsbury Park Mosque in Seven Sisters Road, reports the BBC.

"I've been in touch with the mosques, police.My thoughts are with those and the community affected by this bad event".

"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".

Two worshippers were feared killed, according to the Sun newspaper, but there was no immediate confirmation of this.

Prime Minister Theresa May called it a "terrible incident", and said: "All my thoughts are with those who have been injured, their loved ones and the emergency services on the scene".

Labour leader and local Islington North MP Jeremy Corbyn expressed his shock at what had happened, writing on Twitter: "I'm totally shocked at the incident at Finsbury Park tonight. My friends told me there were two other guys with him but they caught the driver".

London's Metropolitan Police said the man was pronounced dead at the scene.

Local people observe prayers at Finsbury Park, where a vehicle struck pedestrians near a mosque in London early Monday, leaving several casualties and one person was arrested.

"I didn't see the attacker himself, although he seems to have been arrested, but I did see the van". Reuters could not immediately confirm that report.

Mosque chairman says crash was 'cowardly attack'
Helicopters buzzed overhead, and ambulances and police cars raced to the scene. The driver was arrested and taken to a hospital as a precaution.

It also comes at a time of political turmoil, as Prime Minister May plunges into divorce talks with the European Union weakened by the loss of her parliamentary majority in a June 8 election.

"We call it a terrorist attack as we called it in Manchester, Westminster and London Bridge".

The crash occurred near the Finsbury Park mosque.

"He tried to kill a lot of people so obviously it's a terrorist attack".

Cage, a Muslim human rights group, said there had been "an epidemic rise in anti-Muslim hate crimes".

Eyewitnesses told LBC radio that the van approached "slowly and intentionally accelerated into crowded cafe outside a mosque".

The force added: "Due to the nature of this incident extra policing resources have been deployed in order to reassure communities, especially those observing Ramadan".

Witnesses described seeing between eight to 10 people lying on the ground near to the Muslim Welfare House on Seven Sisters Road.

Police, including armed officers, could be seen manning a wide cordon around the area.

On March 22, a man drove a rented vehicle into pedestrians on Westminster Bridge in London and stabbed a policeman to death before being shot dead. Anywhere from five to 11 people were mowed down, the witnesses said.

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