A 'number' of casualties after vehicle strikes pedestrians in London

Virginia Carter
June 19, 2017

Mayor Sadiq Khan on Monday (Jun 19) described the ramming of a vehicle into pedestrians and worshippers near a north London mosque as a "terrorist attack on innocent people".

British Prime Minister Theresa May said the incident was being treated at "a potential terrorist attack".

In a statement, the police say they were called to the Seven Sisters Road by reports of collision with pedestrians.

Eight people were taken to three separate hospitals.

Reports say that the police personnel at Finsbury Park had blocked off a busy road as almost 100 people had gathered after the incident. "Everybody was shouting: "A van's hit people, a van's hit people", one woman who lives opposite the scene told the media. A van driver who was arrested by police has been taken to hospital and is subject to a mental health assessment.

One man has been arrested in connection with the incident.

Eyewitnesses have described one man falling ill of a suspected heart attack in the moments after leaving the mosque.

She added: "Londoners have been hit with a series of attacks and have actually been nothing short of heroic".

The attacker was then arrested by police as authorities treated "a number of casualties" at the scene.

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London Ambulance Service said in a statement that a number of ambulance crews, paramedics and specialist responses teams to the scene. Manchester was also hit by a severe attack when a bomber killed more than 20 people at an Ariana Grande concert.

Jeremy Corbyn, whose constituency includes Finsbury Park, said he was "totally shocked" by the event, the Daily Mirror reports.

The Muslim Council of Britain said its "prayers are with the victims".

Prime Minister Theresa May said she would chair an emergency meeting of the government's COBRA committee on Monday morning.

"We have been informed that a van has run over worshippers as they left #FinsburyPark Mosque". "Our prayers are with the victims", it said.

One man was pronounced dead at the scene, according to the Metropolitan Police.

Counter-terror police have opened an investigation but are yet to identify any other suspects.

Further details were not immediately available. "More information will follow when we have it", the London Ambulance Service tweeted. Many police cars and ambulances responded to the incident. If you would like to discuss another topic, look for a relevant article.

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