Driver Crashes Vehicle into Pedestrians near London Mosque | 1 Dead, 10 Injured

Fernando Stephens
June 19, 2017

The Sun reported that the van was a rental one, and that the incident came just two weeks after a rental van was used to kill pedestrians in the London Bridge terror attack.

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". CNN is reporting that the incident occurred near a mosque as people were leaving a service.

An imam today protected from an angry mob the attacker who ploughed his van into worshippers outside a mosque in London, killing one person and injuring ten others.

The driver, identified as a 48-year-old man, has been arrested and taken to a hospital.

London Mayor Sadiq Khan, the first Muslim to serve in that position, said extra police would be deployed.

It also follows a series of attacks, including the van-and-knife attack on London Bridge on June 3.

Transport for London says Seven Sisters Road has been closed northbound between Hornsey Road and Rock Street. It has not been associated with radical views for more than a decade.

The police on Monday said the incident was being investigated by counter-terrorism officers, as Muslim leaders said worshippers were specifically targeted after leaving prayers at the mosque shortly after midnight. "One has been arrested and two ran away", he added.

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I write "incident" as opposed to "attack" only because authorities have not confirmed to the public whether or not the tragedy was intentionally caused. Armed police, ambulances and the fire service were in attendance.

The Muslim Council of Britain has been referring to the early Monday incident as an "attack", with at least one local leader claiming the mosque was targeted on goal. Eight people died in the attack.

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

He said: "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".

The incident comes at a time when emotions are high in the United Kingdom, in the wake of a series of deadly terrorist attacks.

"I've been in touch with the mosques, police and Islington Council regarding the incident".

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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