Published: Mon, June 19, 2017
Worldwide | By Gretchen Simon

Council says van struck people leaving mosque

Council says van struck people leaving mosque

Police say a vehicle struck pedestrians on a road in north London, leaving several casualties and one person has been arrested.

The Finsbury Park Mosque said in a statement on its website: "This is a callous terrorist attack, which coincides with the murdered MP, Jo Cox, anniversary".

The attack comes during the Muslim holy month of Ramadan.

"Whilst the motivation behind the attack has not yet been confirmed, all the victims were from the Muslim community and we want to reassure the public that we have patrol plans in place that ensure a visible uniformed presence at mosques".

"He will also be subject of a mental health assessment in due course". Vanzella said she went to the window and saw "loads of people gathering" in a corner across the road from her window. "He chose exactly the time that people pray, and the mosque is too small and full, so some pray outside".

She said: "We are not saying anything, we don't know anything at the moment".

The Muslim Council of Britain said its "prayers are with the victims".

But the Met said: "At this early stage of this investigation, no other suspects at the scene have been identified or reported to police, however the investigation continues".

"While this appears to be an attack on a particular community, like the bad attacks in Manchester, Westminster and London Bridge it is also an assault on all our shared values of tolerance, freedom and respect". Before that several pedestrians and a police officer were killed in a car-and-knife attack in London.

Harun Khan, the head of the Muslim Council of Britain, tweeted that the van had "intentionally" run over people leaving night prayers.

Witnesses posted on social media about armed police closing off the area and seeing people injured.

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CNN talked with an eyewitness who said it did not appear to be an accident because the van apparently accelerated. There had been a number of events over the weekend to commemorate her life.

"Terrorists will not succeed in their attempts to divide us and make us live in fear", she continued.

Police said they were called just after 12:20 a.m. (2320 GMT) to reports of a collision on Seven Sisters Road, which runs through the Finsbury Park area of the city.

He told the Press Association: "The van was driving towards us to try and basically hit us at speed and everyone was shocked and people were screaming".

"There's a lots of people from Nigeria, from Tunisia from Morocco, from the Arab countries".

But another witness at the scene said the attacker did not say anything. He was bleeding. My friend said he had to lift the van.

The story, London van "swerved" to hit pedestrians in Finsbury Park: reports, first appeared in the Sydney Morning Herald.

Numerous witnesses told CNN that they saw three men in the van, with two fleeing on foot after the other was apprehended.

Video filmed in the immediate aftermath showed a Caucasian man being detained by police. The mosque, which today operates largely as a community center, rose to global notoriety in the early 2000s, due to its links with Egyptian-born radical cleric Abu Hamza al-Masri. "So we just run straight away, I see police, ambulance, people lying on the floor, and a van as well", said Al-Sulaman.

The incident happened in Jeremy Corbyn's constituency.

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