AT LEAST one person has been killed and several injured after a vehicle drove through pedestrians near Finsbury Park Mosque in London.
Van ploughs down worshippers on Seven Sisters Road, near Finsbury Park mosque at about 12.20am BST
One man dead and at least 10 injured
A 48-year-old man was detained by members of public at the scene and then arrested by police on suspicion of attempted murder
Witnesses said the van struck pedestrians who were tending to an elderly man who had collapsed and later died
Counter terror police investigating the incident
Prime Minister Theresa May condemned the Finsbury Park terror attack as “every bit as sickening” as other recent terrorist attacks
Home Secretary Amber Rudd says police are treating it “as a terrorist incident”
The Muslim Council of Britain called for extra security around mosques
One man was pronounced dead at the scene and eight people have been taken to hospital after a van was driven into pedestrians near a north London mosque.
The van driver, described by eyewitnesses as a large white man, was detained by members of the public after the attack in Seven Sisters Road at 12.20am on Monday and arrested on suspicion of attempted murder.
A video has emerged showing the suspected Finsbury Park mosque terrorist appearing to blow a kiss at onlookers from the back of a police van.
Police confirmed a 48-year-old man was arrested in the early hours of Monday morning on suspicion of attempted murder.
One witness described being surrounded by bodies in the wake of the attack outside the Muslim Welfare House, close to Finsbury Park Mosque.
Police confirmed the attack took place as worshippers were leaving the Finsbury Park Mosque and Muslim Welfare House and counter-terrorism officers are investigating the incident
Another said the attacker shouted about killing Muslims as he was held by local people.
One witness, who wanted to be identified as Abdulrahman, which is not his real name, said he and his friends had stopped to help an elderly man who was lying on the ground.
Abdulrahman said: “I managed to get the driver of the van when he came out of his van.
“He wanted to run away and was saying, ‘I want to kill Muslims’. So he came back to the main road and I managed to get him to the ground and me and some other guys managed to hold him until the police arrived, for about 20 minutes I think, until the police arrived.
“People were very upset, people were shouting, people were saying, ‘where’s the police, where’s the ambulance?’ People were saying, ‘keep him on the ground’, people were asking questions, saying ‘why did you do this?’ People were laying down on the floor.”
Abdulrahman claimed the driver said “kill me”, as he was holding his head on the ground.
He added: “I said, ‘tell me why did you try driving to kill innocent people?’ When he went into the police van he made gestures, he was laughing.
“He deliberately did this. He caused this incident.”
Abdulrahman added the incident took place in seconds.
He said: “In seconds this terrible thing happened.
“Literally within a minute, a van with speed turned to where we were and ran over the man who was laying on the floor and the people around him, around eight people or 10 people got injured, some of them seriously. Thank God I’m safe, but my friends got injured.”
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