Finsbury Park Mosque Terror Attack

Solenn Plantier
Juin 19, 2017

(Victoria Jones/PA via AP). A police officer talks to local people at Finsbury Park in north London, where a vehicle struck pedestrians in north London Monday, June 19, 2017.

Several bunches of flowers had been deposited outside the mosque as commuters went to work on Monday morning.

Police have not yet determined whether the fatality was a result of the van attack.

A 48-year-old man was arrested at the scene and Metropolitan Police are investigating the atrocity.

Eyewitnesses have described one man falling ill of a suspected heart attack in the moments after leaving the mosque.

"Given the methodology and given what was occurring and what's happened across the country this had all the hallmarks of a terrorist incident", the statement added.

Shock footage emerged from the scene last night of a white man being arrested.

The incident followed a series of attacks in Britain.

British Prime Minister Theresa May condemned the attack "on innocent people" and declared that Britain would stop at nothing to defeat extremism.

The Met Police said in a statement: 'Police were called just after 0020hrs 18 June to reports of a vehicle in collision with pedestrians.

London mayor Sadiq Khan said the attack was "an assault on all our shared values of tolerance, freedom and respect".

Kozbar complained that the "mainstream media" was unwilling to call the attack a terrorist incident for many hours.

Other images and video posted to Twitter showed police vehicles blocking the street and a cordon in place.

He is now in hospital as a precaution, and will be taken into custody once discharged.

Police said the driver has been taken to hospital "as a precaution" and will undergo a mental health assessment. The suspect - clean-shaven and wearing a white shirt - is seen struggling for purchase as the crowd tries to restrain him. "No one! No one!"

Finsbury Park mosque was once infamous as the stamping ground of hook-handed hate preacher Abu Hamza. May says police are treating the crash as a potential terrorist attack.

The attacker struck outside the Muslim Welfare House in north London as the area was busy with worshippers who had been attending Ramadan night prayers.

The councils secretary general Harun Khan said he expected authorities to step up security "as a matter of urgency", adding many would feel "terrorised" following the incident.

CNN talked with an eyewitness who said it did not appear to be an accident because the van apparently accelerated.

Several people were seriously injured when the van the suspect allegedly drove ploughed into them as they left the mosque in north London shortly after midnight on Monday.

One fatality was confirmed at the scene, while a further eight are being treated across three London hospitals and two victims sustained minor injuries.

The investigation of the incident is being carried out by the Counter Terrorism Command.

'There has been one person arrested.

Some people at the scene also complained that police took too long to arrive.

Supt Kevin Purcell, police commander for South Worcestershire, tweeted: "Awful events to wake up to [at] Finsbury Park".

The Muslim Council says a van has "run over worshippers" leaving the Finsbury Park mosque. It said its prayers are with the victims.

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