Finsbury Park Mosque: Man dies as van hits pedestrians

A 48-year-old man has been arrested and is in custody.

Sky News reported that police said the incident happened after worshippers were leaving the Finsbury Park mosque after prayers.

The attack, in which the van driver seemed to deliberately ram the vehicle into a crowd of Muslim worshippers near Finsbury Park Mosque shortly after midnight, is being treated as a terrorist incident. Authorities arrested him in connection with the incident. At this stage there are no reports of any persons having suffered any knife injuries. That number was later revised to one person killed and ten injured. It was not immediately clear why no charge had been made in relation to the one death.

Prime Minister Theresa May said she would chair an emergency security Cabinet session later Monday.

London mayor Sadiq Khan has condemned the "horrific terrorist attack" on "innocent Londoners".

Khalid described the driver of the van as a white man who had yelled that he wanted to "kill all Muslims".

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Footage showed injured people lying on the ground and angry crowds surrounding a man believed to be the driver of the vehicle, according to the Independent.

"It appears from eyewitness accounts that the perpetrator was motivated by Islamophobia" MCB said in a statement.

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

Updating its earlier statement at 04:46hrs on 19 June, the Metropolitan Police said: "Officers attended alongside other emergency services and found and tended to a number of casualties". They are investigating the crash as suspected terrorism.

Opened in 1994, Finsbury Park Mosque is an unassuming five-story redbrick building in residential north London, close to Arsenal Football Club's Emirates Stadium. It was told that the mosque played a crucial role in radicalizing many youths to take arm for Islam.

Its former imam, Abu Hamza, was jailed in Britain for inciting violence and racial hatred before being extradited to NY, where he was sentenced to life in prison for terrorism in 2015.

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There was no immediate claim of responsibility for the attack, which came amid the final week of the Muslim holy month of Ramadan. Sunday's attack is the latest in a series of high-profile assaults in north and and west Africa, targeting locals and tourists.

Among those known to have worshiped at the mosque during Abu-Hamza's time there are convicted shoe bomber Richard Reid and Zacarias Moussaoui, the so-called 20th hijacker of September 11.

Mohammed Kozbar said the Muslim community is "in shock". Around 10% of the borough's population is Muslim.

Rudd, who is in charge for government law enforcement, said: "Londoners have been hit with a series of attacks and have been nothing short of heroic." she said Monday. Police say a vehicle struck pedestrians on the road in north London, leaving sever. "People were coming out of the mosque and they just drove through them".

The names of the victims have not yet been released, but expect more information in the upcoming days.

"He was screaming, he was saying, "I'm going to kill all Muslims, I'm going to kill all Muslims".

On May 22, a suicide bomber hit a concert of Ariana Grande in Manchester and killed 22 people, and injured almost 60.

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