Van ploughing into crowd in London kills one, leaves ten injured

Claudine Rigal
Juin 19, 2017

London's Evening Standard newspaper said the van appeared to have been rented in Wales, although there was no immediate confirmation of this from the authorities. "An attack on one community is an attack on all of us", Police Commissioner Cressida Dick said.

Police say one person died when a van hit crowd of worshippers in north London and the Counter Terrorism Command is investigating the crash.

The Metropolitan Police said eight people had been taken to hospital after the collision at the junction of Whadcoat Street and Seven Sisters Road, Finsbury Park.

- "All my thoughts are with the victims, their families and the emergency services on the scene", said Prime Minister Theresa May, according to the UK Press Association.

A witness, who wanted to be identified as Abdulrahman, said: "I managed to get the driver of the van".

Eyewitnesses told British media that the van seemed to have veered and hit people intentionally.

"This big van just came and went all over us", witness Abdulrahman Saleh Alamoudi told BuzzFeed News.

"We are in the last 10 days of Ramadan and a lot of people come to the mosque to pray the late prayer", he told Al Jazeera.

Dozens of police, fire and ambulance service vehicles have been sent to the area, armed officers are on the scene and a helicopter is overhead.

Amateur video footage seen by AFP showed at least three people lying on the ground, including one who was receiving mouth-to-mouth resuscitation.

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

Charlie Elphicke, the MP for Dover and Deal, wrote: "Deeply shocked by the attack at Finsbury Park - we must stand firm against terrorism and all those who seek to divide us".

Heroic bystanders wrestled the suspect, who was clean-shaven with curly hair and wore a white t-shirt, to the floor and pinned him down until officers arrived, at around 12.20am, after he allegedly screamed: "I want to kill all Muslims". "He did what he did deliberately to hit and kill as many Muslims as possible, so he is a terrorist".

May attempted to counter that feeling in her speech, declaring that police arrived at the scene within one minute, and that a terror attack was declared in eight minutes.

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

The alleged attacker, who is believed to have acted alone, struck as the area was busy with worshippers attending Ramadan night prayers at the mosque.

"People feel unsafe because after the terrorist attacks of London, Manchester, the increase of Islamophobia and hate crimes", he added.

"We have been informed that a van has run over worshippers as they left #FinsburyPark Mosque". Manchester was also hit in May when a bomber killed more than 20 people at an Ariana Grande concert.

The incident comes at a time when emotions are high in England, where there have been several recent terrorist attacks. He got arrested by five or six police officers.

In a statement Khan said, "While this appears to be an attack on a particular community, like the bad attacks in Manchester, Westminster and London Bridge, it is also an assault on all our shared values of tolerance, freedom and respect".

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