One dead, 10 hurt in new London attack

Claudine Rigal
Juin 19, 2017

Police in the United Kingdom are investigating possible links to terrorism after a van was driven into a crowd of people outside Finsbury Park Mosque in London in the early hours of Monday morning. The streets were busier than usual as prayers had recently finished at the nearby Finsbury Park mosque.

One eyewitness speaking to LBC said the van had hit people on the pavement but had not collided with a building. The 48-year-old driver was arrested and taken to hospital.

"I would like to thank those people who helped police in detaining the man and worked with officers to calmly and quickly get him into our custody".

The incident is being investigated by the Counter Terrorism Command.

A spokesman said: "Officers are on scene with other emergency services". He would undergo a mental health assessment in due course, police said.

Harun Khan, the head of the MCB, described the incident as the "most violent manifestation to date" of Islamophobia, and called on authorities to do more "to tackle the growth in hate crime".

Earlier 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". That incident came just a week after the Manchester Arena attack, which killed 22 and left more than 100 injured.

London [U.K.], June 19: The van attack at Finsbury Park targetted Muslim worshippers leaving Finsbury Park mosque, according to reports.

'I'm totally shocked at the incident at Finsbury Park tonight.

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

"It appears that a white man in a van intentionally ploughed into a group of worshippers", the council said in a statement. "All my thoughts are with the victims, their families and the emergency services on the scene".

"The Metropolitan Police are responding to a horrific terrorist attack on innocent people", London Mayor Sadiq Khan said in a statement. One person was killed in the incident.

According to the Council in a follow-up tweet, the van struck the victims closer to the Muslim Welfare House. Three people were seen exiting the vehicle.

The mosques were busy with people observing the holy month of Ramadan.

"My officers were on the scene nearly immediately, and other uniformed and specialist officers quickly arrived to support them".

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