Finsbury Park Attack : 1 killed, 10 others injured as vehicle hits pedestrians

Claudine Rigal
Juin 19, 2017

At the time of the attack, the area was busy with worshippers who had been attending Ramadan night prayers at the mosque.

The London Ambulance Service said eight people were being treated for injuries in hospital, with two others earlier treated at the scene for minor injuries. "All my thoughts are with the victims, their families and the emergency services on the scene", she said.

- Jeremy Corbyn, the leader of Britain's opposition Labour Party tweeted: "I'm totally shocked at the incident at Finsbury Park tonight".

The Muslim Council of Britain said the incident was a "violent manifestation of Islamophobia" and called for increased security at Britain's mosques in the wake of the incident. Ten people remain in the hospital, two of which are said to be in critical condition.

One resident told the Press Association he jumped out of the way as the van struck pedestrians.

"Mohammed was the hero of the day, he was the one who contained the guy and held him up until the police came and took him away". They killed eight people and injured 47.

The Metropolitan Police confirmed that one man died and Counter Terrorism officers are investigating. "The man driving the van was white, and he didn't stop". The van driver tried to escape but people grabbed him.

Deputy Assistant Commissioner Neil Basu said the people at the scene "worked with officers to calmly and quickly get him into our custody".

The van swerved towards the people outside the Finsbury Park Mosque in north London just as they began to assist the man, who had collapsed.

Witnesses said a van veered off the road into worshippers leaving Ramadan prayers in Finsbury Park just after midnight on Monday, the Independent newspaper reported.

The use of a vehicle to mow down pedestrians drew horrifying parallels with the London Bridge attack, when three men drove a van into pedestrians before embarking on a stabbing spree, as well as with another auto and knife rampage in Westminster in March.

It also comes at a time of political turmoil, as Prime Minister May plunges into severance talks with the European Union, weakened by the loss of her parliamentary majority in an 8 June election.

The attack will stretch the capacity of authorities in Britain, who have faced four attacks in recent months, together with a major fire that has killed dozens.

CNN national terror analyst Peter Bergen said the Finsbury Park neighborhood has a large Muslim population and the nearby mosque has a notorious reputation as a place where Islamist militants used to gather.

"Less than 48 hours later, the same area experienced a terrorist attack aimed at killing Muslims returning home after their Ramadan prayers".

Other witnesses told Sky television that the van had hit at least 10 people.

Witnesses described scenes of chaos immediately after the incident, with several saying the van was "deliberately swerving" into pedestrians.

The 48-year-old man suspected of being the van driver was arrested on suspicion of attempted murder.

This is the fourth terror attack in the United Kingdom in four months, after incidents in Westminster, Manchester and on London Bridge. In March, a man drove a auto into pedestrians on Westminster Bridge and stabbed a police officer to death before being shot dead.

The Muslim Council of Wales said it was "horrified by the news of the attack on Muslim worshippers".

On May 22, a suicide bomber killed 22 children and adults at a concert held by USA singer Ariana Grande in Manchester in northern England.

Prime Minister Theresa May described the crash as a "terrible incident".

"He's a killer. he killed a lot of people".

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