“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 Metropolitan Police said.
Many people at the scene credited the Imam of the Muslim Welfare House, Mohammed Mahmoud, with calming the tense situation as bystanders held the suspect down before police arrived.
Police said the 48-year-old man who was driving the auto has been arrested and taken to a hospital as a precaution.
Police block the area where a van ran into worshippers near a north London mosque, Britain, June 19, 2017.
The group were helping an elderly man who had collapsed on the pavement when a white van came down the street, mounted the pavement and drove into them.
“We are working closely with emergency services and have contacted community leaders, Muslim Welfare House and Finsbury Park Mosque to offer support”.
“He was screaming, he was saying, “I’m going to kill all Muslims, I’m going to kill all Muslims”. Police believe the rampage is inspired by Muslim extremist ideology. It also came as Muslims are celebrating the holy time of Ramadan.
On March 22, a man killed five people after he drove a auto into pedestrians on Westminster Bridge in London and stabbed a policeman to death.
Police confirmed reports that members of the public had detained the driver, who was said to have gestured to onlookers after he was handed over to officers.
Notts Police Chief Constable Craig Guildford said: “Details are still emerging as to what has happened on the Seven Sisters Road this morning, but it appears someone has deliberately driven a van at innocent members of the Muslim community”.
The attack left 22 people dead and more than 120 were injured.
Police have not yet determined whether the fatality was a result of the van attack.
“We have to protect each other’s faith, each other’s way of life, and that’s what makes us a strong society and community”, he said.
In July 2005, four British Islamists killed 52 commuters and themselves in suicide bombings on the British capital’s transport system in what was London’s worst peacetime attack. Two others were treated for minor injuries.
The police investigation into the incident is being carried out by the Met’s Counter Terrorism Command.
Khan said there would be extra police to reassure communities, especially those observing Ramadan.
A statement from the Muslim Council of Britain said: “Many will feel terrorised, no doubt be angry and saddened by what has taken place”.
Transportation officials said roads were being closed in the area. May says police are treating the crash as a potential terrorist attack.
“An advance trauma team from London’s Air Ambulance has also been dispatched by vehicle”, the statement said.