Dead, 8 Hurt in 'Terror Attack' Outside London Mosque

Claudine Rigal
Juin 19, 2017

According to multiple reports and social media posts, the van ran over people leaving the Finsbury Park Mosque. The attack comes during the Muslim holy month of Ramadan, when people attend prayers at night.

The Metropolitan Police say in a statement that they are on the scene "dealing with a major incident in Seven Sister Road".

The eyewitnesses interviewed by ABC News said people were gathered outside the mosque after prayers tending to an old man who was having a heart attack when the van drove into them.

"While this appears to be an attack on a particular community, like the awful attacks in Manchester, Westminster and London Bridge it is also an assault on all our shared values of tolerance, freedom and respect", he said. The leader of the opposition Labour Party, Jeremy Corbyn, said he was "totally shocked".

A man, believed to be the driver of the van, was held down by members of the public before being arrested after the attack.

Police reported a number of injuries at the scene but it's not clear if anyone was killed.

"From the window, I started hearing a lot of yelling and screeching, a lot of chaos outside ... I didn't see the attacker himself, although he seems to have been arrested, but I did see the van".

Meanwhile, chairman of the mosque at Finsbury Park, Mohammed Kozbar, tweeted: "Our thoughts and prayers with those who got injured and effected by this cowardly attack in Finsbury Park area, many casualties in the floor".

Anywhere from five to 11 people were mowed down, the witnesses said.

At least eight people were injured.

During the 2016 USA presidential campaign - amid the furor of candidate Donald Trump's proposed Muslim ban - Labour Party leader Jeremy Corbyn invited Trump to visit Finsbury Park Mosque to show him how "multicultural, multifaith" Britain works.

"This is being treated as a terrorist attack".

But another witness at the scene said the attacker did not say anything.

The Muslim Council of Britain has condemned the Finsbury Park van attack, calling it "the most violent manifestation" yet of Islamophobia and called for extra security around mosques.

"Basically, a van swerved into them deliberately", Versi told Reuters, citing a witness.

Today's incident followed a series of attacks in Britain. In March, a lone attacker drove his auto into people on Westminster Bridge, then fatally stabbed a police officer outside Parliament.

Two weeks earlier, a suicide bomber killed 22 people at a concert by American pop singer Ariana Grande in Manchester in northern England.

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