Finsbury Park Mosque attack: 'I want to kill all Muslims'

Claudine Rigal
Juin 19, 2017

London' police force have declined to explain why the person charged with attempted murder in the attack on pedestrians outside the Finsbury Park mosque was not immediately charged in connection with a man who died at the scene.

Police say the driver of a van that hit pedestrians on a London road is a 48-year-old man who has been arrested and taken to a hospital.

The incident comes after several terror attackers in Europe used vans and trucks to attack people.

British Prime Minister Theresa May says she will chair an emergency meeting Monday morning following a van crash in which a man died at the scene.

London's Metropolitan Police said it was called just after midnight to the incident site on Seven Sisters Road.

Video images of the scene seen by Sky show a number of people on the ground with what appear to be a variety of injuries, some of whom look like they are seriously hurt.

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

"There was this white van stopped outside Finsbury Park mosque that seemed to have hit people who were coming out after prayers had finished".

"When the guy came out from his van he wanted to escape, run away and he was saying 'I want to kill Muslims".

The Evening Standard newspaper reported that a man armed with a knife jumped out of the vehicle, after which at least one person was stabbed.

"We have sent a number of ambulance crews, advance paramedics and specialist responses teams to the scene".

"Over the past weeks and months, Muslims have endured many incidents of Islamophobia, and this is the most violent manifestation to date". A tweet from MCB said that the mosque was near Finsbury Park and not outside.

The secretary general of the MCB, Harun Khan, said that he was "shocked and outraged to hear" that a van had "intentionally run over worshippers" leaving Ramadan night prayers on Seven Sisters Road.

Reports say that the police personnel at Finsbury Park had blocked off a busy road as almost 100 people had gathered after the incident.

A witness told CNN's Phil Black the van "came to a stop, and that's when they were able to apprehend the driver. they were able to pull him out". Sougou, 23, said: " It was not an accident, I saw everything. "I saw everything. People were badly injured".

Manchester was also hit on May 22 when a suicide bomber killed 22 people at an Ariana Grande concert. "He did not say anything".

"He has been taken to hospital as a precaution and will be taken into custody once discharged".

Finsbury Park is part of the Islington borough of north London, where around 10% (19,500) of the borough's total population are Muslim.

She described it as a "terrible incident", adding: "All my thoughts are with those who have been injured, their loved ones and the emergency services on the scene".

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