London van incident is 'potential terrorist attack': PM

Pierre Vaugeois
Juin 19, 2017

Muslim Council general secretary Harun Khan said the van deliberately targeted worshippers.

The Sun newspaper said the van hit a crowd of worshipers leaving Finsbury Park mosque and that two people were feared dead.

Witnesses at the scene of a suspected terrorist attack at a London mosque in the early hours of Monday (June 19) describe people flying as a van ploughed into worshippers after evening prayers.

Deputy Assistant Commissioner Neil Basu of the Metropolitan police - the senior national coordinator for counterterrorism policing - said it was too early to tell whether the man who died at the scene had been killed in the attack.

Police said the 48-year-old man who was driving the vehicle has been arrested and taken to a hospital as a precaution.

Someone in the crowd yelled to others not to harm the man while he was taken into custody.

London Ambulance Service said in a statement that a number of ambulance crews, paramedics and specialist responses teams to the scene.

"He tried to kill a lot of people so obviously it's a terrorist attack". A 48-year-old man has been arrested.

Todays incident followed a series of attacks in Britain.

She said her thoughts were with the injured, their loved ones and emergency officials who responded to the incident.

"I've been in touch with the mosques, police and Islington council regarding the incident", he said.

Many will feel terrorised, no doubt be angry and saddened by what has taken place tonight.

He said: 'Whoever did this, he did it to hurt people and it's a terrorist attack.

A van ran into pedestrians near a north London mosque, killing one man and injuring eight others in an incident that police on Monday said was being investigated by counter-terrorism officers.

One eyewitness speaking to LBC said the van had hit people on the pavement but had not collided with a building.

Emergency services were called to Seven Sisters road in Finsbury Park, north London, after reports a vehicle had hit pedestrians just after midnight.

An eyewitness told how he jumped out the way of the van as it struck. My prayers are with the victims and their families.

Britain's terrorist alert level is now at "severe" meaning an attack is highly likely. "Imam Mohammed Mahmoud's bravery and courage helped calm the immediate situation after the incident and prevented further injury and loss of life", the Muslim Welfare House was quoted by Guardian as saying.

She also retweeted a post by Brendan Cox, whose wife Jo Cox was murdered a year ago by a right-wing extremist, that said: 'When Islamist terrorists attack we rightly seek out hate preachers who spur them on.

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