London's Finsbury Park -- a closer look

Pierre Vaugeois
Juin 19, 2017

The Muslim Council of Britain tweeted out a statement saying, "We have been informed a van has run over worshippers as they left prayers at the Finsbury Park Mosque", but later said the incident occurred outside Muslim Welfare House, which is near the mosque, "not outside Finsbury Park mosque itself".

A 48-year-old male suspect was arrested at the scene, according to London Metropolitan police. One man died at the scene and 10 people were injured.

He said: "According to eyewitness accounts and videos taken after the incident, it appears that a white man in a van intentionally ploughed into a group of worshippers who were already tending to someone who had been taken ill".

At least one person was killed and 10 injured.

It comes after two deadly Islamist attacks this year that used vehicles to ram pedestrians - one earlier this month in the London Bridge area and a March attack in which a man drove a auto into crowds on Westminster Bridge.

The driver was arrested and taken to a hospital as a precaution.

Around a dozen have been injured and others are feared dead after a van mounted a pavement on Seven Sisters Road in North London shortly after midnight.

"The British Muslim community requires all decent people to stand with us against this evil violence", he said, adding that "rampant Islamophobia has been on the rise for a number of years". Eight of the injured were taken to hospitals and the rest were treated at the scene.

London Mayor Sadiq Khan said it was a "horrific terrorist attack", calling it "deliberate" and aimed at "innocent Londoners, many of whom were finishing prayers during the holy month of Ramadan".

Monday's incident in London follows an Islamist-inspired attack on June 3 in which three militants wearing fake suicide vests ran over pedestrians and went on a stabbing spree in bars in the London Bridge area.

- Investigation of the incident is being carried out by the Counter Terrorism Command.

Britain's terrorist alert has been set at "severe" meaning an attack is highly likely.

Cynthia Vanzella, who lives near the scene, said on Twitter: "Horrible to watch police officers doing cardiac massage at people on the floor, desperately trying to save them".

Another witness, Ratib Al-Sulaman, told CNN there was a Muslim majority in the local area. "My prayers are with the victims and their families", read the statement.

Arsenal Football Club's Emirates Stadium is located close by, while further up Seven Sisters Road is the green space of Finsbury Park, which opened in 1869 and gives the area its name.

Britain, especially London, has been on edge over several recent incidents, including last month's terror bombing in Manchester and the recent vehicle attack and stabbing near London Bridge.

No other details were immediately available.

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