Several injured when vehicle rams people leaving London mosque

Vincent Carr
June 19, 2017

He said that they had to hold the suspect on the ground for up to half an hour before police arrived.

The incident comes at a time of political turmoil in Britain, as Prime Minister Theresa May plunges into divorce talks with the European Union weakened by the loss of her parliamentary majority in a June 8 election. The statement from her office said her thoughts were with the injured, their loved ones and emergency services who responded to the scene.

Communities and Local Government Secretary Sajid Javid spoke briefly to concerned residents before being led through the police cordon as he visited the scene.

The mosque has since undergone a series of high-profile reforms, including the installation of a new leadership board, led by the Muslim Association of Britain.

The Muslim Council of Britain tweeted, "We have been informed that a van has run over worshipers as they left #FinsburyPark Mosque".

Metropolitan Police said they were dealing with a "major incident".

"I think at least eight or 10 people got injured". He complained that the "mainstream media" was unwilling to call the attack a terrorist incident for many hours.

Abdulrahman Saleh Alamoudi said he was among a group of people helping an elderly worshipper who had fallen down, perhaps because of the heat, when the van swerved towards them.

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Another eyewitness, who lives in a flat on the Seven Sisters Road, said the van seemed to have hit people who were coming out of the Finsbury Park mosque after prayers finished, the BBC reported.

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

Emergency services and forensic officers gather on a road near Finsbury Park station after a vehicle struck pedestrians in north London, Monday June 19, 2017.

The mosque is nearly three quarters of a mile away from Seven Sisters Road. A number of police and ambulances were in attendance.

The Muslim Council says a van has "run over worshippers" leaving the Finsbury Park mosque. "Our prayers are with the victims". "There has been one person arrested".

One witness told CNN it was clear that the attacker at Finsbury Park had deliberately targeted Muslims.

The Emirates Stadium close by, while further up Seven Sisters Road is the green space of Finsbury Park, which opened in 1869 and gives the area its name.

"They were very nervous, shouting very loud, trying desperately to make some signs to a police vehicle that was. just passing the road", she told CNN.

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