Vehicle hits pedestrians in London, several wounded

Claudine Rigal
Juin 19, 2017

London police said the van driver, aged 48, was found detained by members of the public at the scene of the incident.

The UK's largest Muslim umbrella body, the Muslim Council of Britain (MCB), said on Twitter that the crash happened outside the Muslim Welfare House, just down the road from Finsbury Park mosque. The attack comes during the Muslim holy month of Ramadan, when people attend prayers at night, the Reuters reported.

Prime Minister Theresa May has responded to complaints from some in the Muslim community that police failed to quickly respond to the attack on the north London mosque and declare it terrorism.

An imam today protected from an angry mob the attacker who ploughed his van into worshippers outside a mosque in London, killing one person and injuring ten others.

"From the window, I started hearing a lot of yelling and screeching, a lot of chaos outside", a woman who lives opposite to the scene of the accident told BBC.

They killed eight people before being shot dead by police.

According to the Council in a follow-up tweet, the van struck the victims closer to the Muslim Welfare House.

Witnesses said several people were injured before passers-by could stop the driver after he left the van.

The chairman of the Finsbury Park Mosque, Mohammed Kozbar, says the incident was a "cowardly attack" on worshippers.

It was then that a white van came down the street, mounted the pavement and drove into people.

The attack will stretch the capacity of authorities in Britain, who have faced four attacks in recent months, together with a major fire that has killed dozens.

Eyewitnesses told British media that the van seemed to have veered and hit people intentionally. May said her thoughts were with the victims, their families and emergency responders, according to British newspaper The Independent.

Counter terrorism officers are at the scene and extra police are being deployed to reassure communities, especially those observing Ramadan, Mayor of London Sadiq Khan said.

"Our priority is to assess the level and nature of injuries and ensure that those most in need are treated first and taken to hospital".

The group's secretary general, Harun Khan, said in a statement that eyewitness accounts suggest "the perpetrator was motivated by Islamophobia".

Police said that one man had been arrested at the scene and that no further suspects had been identified.

Over 60 medics were sent to the scene, including ambulance crews, advance paramedics, specialist responses teams and an advance trauma team from London's Air Ambulance.

"My thoughts are with those and the community affected by this terrible event", he said. A number of police and ambulances were in attendance.

- Islington's Seven Sisters Road, where the attack took place, is home to at least four mosques, and would have likely been filled with worshipers leaving late-night taraweeh prayers.

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