London attack: Vehicle hits pedestrians causing multiple casualties

Claudine Rigal
Juin 19, 2017

The police statement said that there were multiple casualties.

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The Muslim Council tweeted that worshippers were struck by a van as they were leaving prayers at the Finsbury Park mosque. The Muslim Council of Britain said its "prayers were with the victims".

"Officers are on scene with other emergency services".

Boubou Sougou, 23, was leaving the gym at Seven Sisters and Isledon roads when he saw people bleeding in the parking lot of the Finsbury Park Mosque. "People are reporting of several injured, some fatalities".

Police have sealed off adjacent streets, and London Ambulance Service said it has sent "a number of resources" to the scene. He was taken to the hospital as a precaution.

Witnesses at the scene have described the incident as "horrible" and "hell".

Finsbury Park mosque was once a notorious hub for radical Islamists but has entirely changed in recent years under new management.

Its former imam, Abu Hamza, was jailed in Britain for inciting violence and racial hatred before being extradited to NY, where he was sentenced to life in prison for terrorism in 2015. He was later extradited to the United States. That same year, the mosque took part in an open day organized by the MCB to promote better understanding of Islam following Islamist-inspired attacks in Paris. Authorities said it was too early to tell whether the incident was an act of terrorism.

"There were around five people that were injured, one old man was severely injured", Sougou said.

Officials say there are a "number of casualties" after a vehicle struck a group of pedestrians in London.

The UK is also reeling from a suicide bombing at Manchester Arena last month in which 22 people died and 119 were injured.

Monday's incident was the third since March involving a vehicle running into pedestrians in London.

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