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

Vehicle hits people near London mosque, causing casualties


Police say a 48-year-old man was arrested after the vehicle ran into people that had left Finsbury Park Mosque just after midnight, the BBC reports.

Cynthia Vanzella, who lives near the scene, said on Twitter: "Horrible to watch police officers doing cardiac massage at people on the floor, desperately trying to save them".

According to a tweet from Transport for London, Seven Sisters Road has been closed northbound at Hornsey Road and southbound at Rock Street.

"Extra officers are on duty in the area to help reassure the local community", Police Commissioner Cressida Dick said.

A vehicle has hit pedestrians in London and there are "a number of" injuries being worked on at the scene, according to authorities.

Before that several pedestrians and a police officer were killed in a car-and-knife attack in London.

The chairman of the Finsbury Park Mosque, Mohammed Kozbar, says the incident was a "cowardly attack" on worshippers.

There are extra police in the area, making things safe, and numerous roads nearby have been closed.

The London Ambulance Service said: "We have sent a number of ambulance crews, advance paramedics and specialist responses teams to the scene".

The local MP is Jeremy Corbyn, the leader of the UK's main opposition Labour Party.

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

London Mayor Sadiq Khan urged people to "remain calm and vigilant". He called the incident a "horrific terrorist attack".

"There was this white van stopped outside Finsbury Park mosque that seemed to have hit people who were coming out after prayers had finished".

The site of the incident is close to another mosque near the Finsbury Park on the same road.

The neighbourhood has two mosques, and several hundred worshippers would have been in the area after attending prayers as part of the Muslim holy month of Ramadan.

Britain set its terror at "severe", meaning an attack is highly likely, after a pair of incidents recently.

Others have described seeing police tend to the injured.

British Prime Minister Theresa May said police had confirmed the incident was being treated as a "potential terrorist attack".

However, he says British media have carried reports of mosque members being the victims of hate mail and threats and being targeted by extreme far-right protest groups and anti-Islam groups.

"They were very nervous, shouting very loud, trying desperately to make some signs to a police auto that was. just passing the road", she told CNN.

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