Van rams into crowd outside London mosque; 1 dead, several injured

Muslim Council calls for extra security at mosques after Finsbury Park terror attack

Muslim Council calls for extra security at mosques after Finsbury Park terror attack

Forensic officers attend to the scene after a vehicle collided with pedestrians in the Finsbury Park neighbourhood of North London, Britain June 19, 2017.

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. A vehicle struck pedestrians near a mosque in north London.

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

A pedestrian was killed after a man in a white van drove into worshippers and then shouted, "I'm going to kill all Muslims".

The Muslim Council of Britain confirmed that worshippers had been targeted in the attack.

Police say the situation is fluid and declined to comment further.

Police said a suspect was quickly and calmly turned over to the police, and that no one else was found in the van.

"One man was pronounced dead at the scene... Eight people injured were taken to three separate hospitals".

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Authorities are treating the incident as a potential terrorist attack.

He also likened it to "the bad attacks in Manchester, Westminster and London Bridge".

He added that the suspect, who was held down in a headlock as witnesses waited for emergency services to arrive, was "blowing kisses" from the police van as he was being taken away. "All my thoughts are with the victims, their families and the emergency services on the scene", she said in a statement on Monday. The leader of the opposition Labour Party, Jeremy Corbyn, said he was "totally shocked".

According to multiple reports and social media posts, the van ran over people leaving the Finsbury Park Mosque.

The mayor described the attack, which appeared to specifically target Muslims, as "an assault on all our shared values of tolerance, freedom and respect".

Kozbar complained that the "mainstream media" was unwilling to call the attack a terrorist incident for many hours.

Cynthia Vanzella said on Twitter: "Horrible to watch police officers doing cardiac massage at people on the floor, desperately trying to save them". One person was killed and 10 were hurt.

Video filmed in the immediate aftermath showed a Caucasian man being detained by police. The video of the crash early Monday morning was accessed by the AP.

Screams were heard as the van ploughed into the crowd who were understood to have just finished a prayer meeting. "No one! No one!"

-The Finsbury Park Mosque "condemns in the strongest terms" a "heinous terrorist attack" early Monday, according to a statement released by the mosque Monday.

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

"He tried to kill a lot of people so obviously it's a terrorist attack".

The group's general secretary, Harun Khan, said that eyewitnesses saw the van driver hit a number of Muslims.

Two other people were treated at the scene for light injuries. Its terror alert has been set at "severe", meaning an attack is highly likely.

The Metropolitan Police earlier declared the collision as a "major incident" and said that there were "a number of casualties". The attackers were killed by police.

CNN national terror analyst Peter Bergen said the neighborhood has a large Muslim population and the nearby mosque has a notorious reputation as a place where Islamist militants used to gather.

Abdulrahman Saleh Alamoudi said he was among a group of people helping an elderly worshipper who had fallen down when the van swerved towards them.

"My prayers are with the victims and their families".

The mosques were busy with people observing the holy month of Ramadan.

On March 22, a man drove a rented auto into pedestrians on Westminster Bridge in London and stabbed a police officer guarding the British parliament to death before being shot dead. No other details were immediately available.

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