One dead, several injured as van driven through crowd outside London mosque

Vehicle hits pedestrians in Finsbury Park. AFP

Vehicle hits pedestrians in Finsbury Park. AFP

He said it was too early to say whether the person's death near the mosque was due to the attack by the van driver who ploughed into worshippers.

Eyewitnesses said the incident was a deliberate attack targetting Muslims during Ramadam.

It has arrested a 48-year-old van driver from the scene.

"The reverberations of this incident will reach many of our communities here in Leicester, and my officers will be working hard today to provide very visible reassurance and support to those who will understandably be particularly anxious by the events overnight".

Basu said the victims were all from the Muslim community, eight of the injured were taken to hospital and two were treated at the scene.

"Police have confirmed this is being treated as a potential terrorist attack", stated British Prime Minister Theresa May, who added that she would be chairing an emergency meeting.

Police said one man was pronounced dead at the scene.

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Amin said that when people seized the driver, "he was shouting: 'All Muslims, I want to kill all Muslims.' Literally, he said that".

Emergency services stand guard on Fonthill road near Finsbury Park station after a vehicle struck pedestrians in north London, Monday.

A view of the van believed to have been used in the attack on pedestrians in Finsbury Park area of north London on June 19, 2017.

The Met said the arrested man had been detained on suspicion of attempted murder.

"When the London Bridge attack happened it was a six-minute response time, when Lee Rigby's attack happened it was a four minute response time and on top of that, the ambulance response time was ten minutes".

May described the crash early Monday morning as a "terrible incident".

The council's secretary general Harun Khan says the incident took place outside the Muslim Welfare House in Seven Sisters Road.

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BREAKING: We have been informed that a van has run over worshippers as they left #FinsburyPark Mosque.

Witnesses said the road was "backed up" with police cars, ambulance and fire engines.

The Muslim Council of Britain has called for extra security around mosques, describing the attack as "the most violent manifestation" of Islamophobia.

"We do not know how many were injured or killed, but our prayers are with the victims and families".

Many people on the street had just been taking part in evening prayers after breaking the Ramadan fast.

Further details were not immediately available.

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