A vehicle struck pedestrians near a mosque in north London early Monday morning, killing one man and injuring 10 other people in what police are investigating as a terrorist incident.
Prime Minister Theresa May said it is being treated as a “potential terrorist attack“.
Police say one person died when a van hit crowd of worshippers in north London and the Counter Terrorism Command is investigating the crash.
Police confirmed the 48-year-old driver of the van was detained by members of public at the scene before officers arrived.
► March 22, London: A driver plowed into pedestrians on Westminster Bridge, causing four deaths, then exited the vehicle and stabbed a police officer to death. Eight other people were taken to hospital, two of whom were seriously injured, he said.
“We don’t yet know the full details, but this was clearly a deliberate attack on innocent Londoners, many of whom were finishing prayers during the holy month of Ramadan“, Khan said.
Abdulrahman claimed the driver said “Kill me”, as he was being held on the ground.
Muslim Council of Britain secretary general Harun Khan condemned the attack and also urged calm.
The Finsbury Park Mosque gained notoriety more than a decade ago for sermons by radical cleric Abu Hamza al-Masri, who was sentenced to life in a US prison in January 2015 for his conviction on terrorism-related charges. “He was fighting to run away”.
– Deputy Assistant Commissioner Neil Basu, senior national coordinator for counter-terrorism policing, praised citizens who helped in the immediate aftermath of the attack: “Their restraint in the circumstances is commendable”.
I offer my condolences to the family and friends of the man who has died, and our thoughts are with the people who have been injured, their family and friends.
Two of them were in a very serious condition, police said.
“- On its Twitter account, London’s Metropolitan Police said “#SevenSisters Rd #Finsburypark incident – At this early stage there are no other suspects, however the investigation continues”.
Both Warfa and Sulaman said there were three people originally in the van, and that two had run away.
“He punched me in the head”, Hashi said, showing his bruises.
The 32-year-old told the Press Association: “There were a lot of people in the street, crossing the street, going to mosque for prayers, for forgiveness, just to pray and go home and eat”.
“The appalling attack on Muslims in Finsbury Park is an attack on us all and on the culture and values of our country”. Its former imam Abu Hamza was jailed for life in NY on terrorism charges in 2015.
The vehicle was hired from Pontyclun van Hire near Cardiff, images show.
(Vatican Radio) Cardinal Nichols has offerd prayers for the victims of an attack in Finsbury Park, London.
Speaking on the John Beattie programme on BBC Radio Scotland, Mr Telfer said: “We don’t have any specific information that Scotland is at risk of attack in any of our communities”.
The Muslim Council of Britain said Monday’s attack was the most violent manifestation of Islamophobia in Britain in recent months and called for extra security at places of worship.
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.