1 suspect held in mosque attack

Claudine Rigal
Juin 19, 2017

Police said the 48-year-old man who was driving the auto has been arrested and taken to a hospital as a precaution. "Everybody was shouting: "A van's hit people, a van's hit people", one woman who lives opposite the scene told the media. Eight others are in hospital and two more were treated at the scene.

Miqdaad Versi, assistant secretary general of the Muslim Council of Britain, said the van had deliberately swerved into a group of people who were helping a man who was ill and had fallen to the ground.

Video filmed in the immediate aftermath showed a Caucasian man being detained by police. Police said earlier that one person was arrested.

We sent over 60 medics to the scene, including ambulance crews, advance paramedics and specialist responses teams and an advance trauma team from London's Air Ambulance, said the service's Deputy Director of Operations, Kevin Bate. They must be somewhere around Finsbury Park.

"The driver of the van - a man aged 48 - was found detained by members of public at the scene and then arrested by police in connection with the incident".

Rudd, who is in charge for government law enforcement, said: "Londoners have been hit with a series of attacks and have been nothing short of heroic." she said Monday.

Prime Minister Theresa May issued a statement saying she would be chairing an emergency meeting on Monday morning and adding: "All my thoughts are with the victims, their families and the emergency services on the scene".

The Finsbury Park Mosque gained notoriety more than a decade ago for sermons by radical cleric Abu Hamza al-Masri, who was sentenced to life in a USA prison in January 2015 for his conviction on terrorism-related charges.

Jeremy Corbyn, the Labor leader and local Islington North MP, expressed his shock at what had happened.

Police said the Counter Terrorism Command was investigating the crash.

"From the window, I started hearing a lot of yelling and screeching, a lot of chaos outside".

Eyewitnesses told British media that the van seemed to have veered and hit people intentionally.

The suspected attacker was wrestled out of the van by a crowd.

A man has died and 10 people have been injured after a man drove a van into worshippers near a north London mosque.

"This big van just came and went all over us", witness Abdulrahman Saleh Alamoudi told BuzzFeed News.

"According to eyewitnesses this was a deliberate attack against innocent Muslims going about their life".

One man died after the driver, described as a large white man, targeted people near the Finsbury Park Mosque in north London early on Monday.

The council tweeted that its prayers were with the victims. But the Met said: "At this early stage of this investigation, no other suspects at the scene have been identified or reported to police, however the investigation continues".

The Muslim Council of Britain said Monday's attack was the most violent manifestation of Islamophobia in Britain in recent months and called for extra security at places of worship. "An advance trauma team from london's air ambulance has also been despatched by auto", read the statement.

Britain's terrorist alert has been set at "severe", meaning an attack is highly likely.

The mayor of London, Sadiq Khan, said extra police had been deployed to reassure communities, especially those observing Ramadan, describing the attack as "an assault on all our shared values of tolerance, freedom and respect".

There has been an increase in hate crime reports since the Manchester Arena bombing and the London Bridge attack.

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