Published: Mon, June 19, 2017
National | By Rosalie Gross

Vehicle strikes several pedestrians on London road

Vehicle strikes several pedestrians on London road

The mosque has since undergone a series of high-profile reforms, including the installation of a new leadership board, led by the Muslim Association of Britain. The driver would undergo a mental health assessment in due course, police said.

Vanzella said she saw police put a man into a police vehicle and take him away, but she didn't see them arrest him.

The driver - a man aged 48 - was detained by members of public at the scene and has been arrested.

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".

The widower of murdered MP Jo Cox spoke out on Twitter as news of the attack broke, saying that the far right and Islamist terrorists shared an ideology and both must be defeated.

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.

According to the Independent, footage of the incident showed injured people motionless on the pavement as angry crowds surrounded a white man believed to be the driver. "Our prayers are with the victims", the tweet reads.

The Metropolitan Police said the incident left "a number of casualties" after it was called to Seven Sisters Road, Finsbury Park, north London, at around 12.20 on Monday.

"I didn't see the attacker himself, although he seems to have been arrested, but I did see the van".

The crash occurred shortly after midnight when police received reports of a collision between a van and pedestrians.

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The incident comes just two weeks after the London Bridge terror attack, where three radical Islamists used a hire van to mow people down before they stabbed people at nearby restaurants and bars. This has not been confirmed by police or emergency services at this time.

A helicopter hovered overhead and several emergency vehicles blocked a section of Seven Sisters Road, a busy thoroughfare where the incident happened.

Eyewitness Cynthia Vanzella said it was a mixed community, with people from many different countries and cultures.

Other witnesses told Sky television that the van had hit at least 10 people.

London police closed the area to normal traffic.

Manchester was also hit by a severe attack when a bomber killed more than 20 people at an Ariana Grande concert.

"The gentleman went straight down this road, people were just conversing, talking, just doing what we're doing".

Finsbury Park Mosque Chairman Mohammed Kozbar tweeted his condolences for the "cowardly attack".

"We have sent a number of ambulance crews, advance paramedics and specialist responses teams to the scene".

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