One dead as van rams pedestrians near London mosque

Claudine Rigal
Juin 19, 2017

A van deliberately ploughed into a crowd of people leaving late night prayers at the Mosque in the early hours of Monday morning killing one and injuring ten others. The London Ambulance Service said it was responding to the incident. "Right after the [police] vehicle stopped, a lot of people started pushing this man [the alleged suspect] to the police, as if signalling to arrest him", she stated.

"My prayers are with the victims and their families".

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

Unconfirmed reports and statements from eyewitnesses also claimed that one of the men in the van came out and stabbed at least one man. MET said there are no reports yet of any persons suffering from knife injuries so far.

Video posted online of the aftermath of Monday's attack showed a scene of chaos as people tried to help the injured.

"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".

The neighbourhood has two mosques, and several hundred worshippers would have been in the area after attending prayers as part of the Muslim holy month of Ramadan.

An attack on a group of worshippers near a mosque by a man in a white van is being treated as terrorism, police said.

Finsbury Park mosque was once infamous as the stamping ground of hook-handed hate preacher Abu Hamza.

British Prime Minister Theresa May vowed to fight terrorism and extremism, "whoever is responsible", after a van driver plowed through a crowd of Muslim worshipers near a London mosque on Monday.

London police have declared the crash a major incident and closed the area to normal traffic.

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

Finsbury Park mosque was once a notorious hub for radical Islamists but has entirely changed in recent years under new management. "An advance trauma team from London's Air Ambulance has also been dispatched by vehicle", it added.

There has been an increase in hate crime reports since the Manchester Arena bombing and the London Bridge attack.

Police said they were called just after 12:20am local time to reports of a collision on Seven Sisters Road, which runs through the Finsbury Park area of north London.

No other details were immediately available.

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