Vehicle strikes several pedestrians in London

Claudine Rigal
Juin 19, 2017

Prime Minister Theresa May confirmed the crash is being investigated as a terrorist attack and said her thoughts were with those who had been hurt in "this bad incident".

A witness who lives opposite the scene told the BBC there was a white van stopped near the Finsbury Park mosque.

Others suggested that the congregation of victims were trying to save a man who had collapsed at a bus stop. The Muslim Council of Britain said its "prayers were with the victims".

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

The mayor of London, Sadiq Khan, said extra police had been deployed to reassure communities, especially those observing Ramadan, describing the attack as "an assault on all our shared values of tolerance, freedom and respect".

Police said the injured had been taken to three separate hospitals and two people were treated at the scene for minor injuries. They caught one and are looking for another two. The van drove over people who were leaving late prayers. It's not been safe to walk. Then he was saying, "Kill me, kill me". My friend said he said some words, but I didn't hear it.

A different anonymous witness said: 'There was three people beside the van, just one van. Some people wanted to beat him up.

"Some big van. crushing the people in the mosque".

Last year, when the Night of Power fell on July 2, IS terrorists burst into a restaurant in Dhaka, Bangladesh, a venue popular with foreigners. A helicopter circled above the area as a large cordon was established to keep motorists and pedestrians away.

Images of the van showed it was rented from Pontyclun Van Hire in Pontyclun, near Cardiff.

Prime Minister Theresa May described the crash as a "terrible incident".

A 48-year-old man has been arrested and is in custody. Police came and took over. She said on Saturday the response to the fire had been "not good enough".

'At first she thought there was some sort of fight.

"They (people who were hit) were mostly young".

"These were the kinds of comments people were yelling out", she said.

Cynthia Vanzella, who lives opposite the scene, told The Sun: "It was really ugly". I'm there right now. "Some of them were very bad".

"I've seen about six or seven people on the floor". His head was bleeding. They took him away.

Metropolitan Police said officers were called to the scene on Seven Sisters Road at 12:20 a.m. Monday.

"Thank God I just moved to the side, I just jumped".

This happened as worshipers were leaving Ramadan services at the Finsbury Park Mosque.

A group of Muslim men were praying on the pavement nearby.

Eyewitnesses say that the man drove van at pedestrians outside London mosque then shouted "I want to kill all Muslims". In March, a lone attacker drove his vehicle into people on Westminster Bridge, then fatally stabbed a police officer at the gates of Parliament.

Corbyn expressed sympathy in the wake of the vehicle collision.

"We are working closely with other members of the emergency services at the scene".

There was no immediate information on the number of casualties. One person has been arrested in connection with the incident.

Of course, there will be a lot of speculation about terrorism, the incident coming few weeks after the London Bridge terror attack.

The incident happened in Finsbury Park in the north of London, in Seven Sisters Road, according to officials.

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