The 47-year-old male was previously arrested on suspicion of attempted murder after a white van ploughed into Muslims as they were leaving the mosque following night-time prayers.
Community leaders are praising a local imam for restraining a mob that had surrounded the man accused of driving a van into a crowd of worshipers near Finsbury Park Mosque in London.
“The attack unfolded whilst a man was receiving first aid from the public at the scene”, Basu said.
A witness told the BBC that “from the window, I started hearing a lot of yelling and screeching, a lot of chaos outside.Everybody was shouting: “A van’s hit people, a van’s hit people”.
Met Police commissioner Cressida Dick said: “London has woken up to the news of another appalling attack on our city. 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”. “There were at least 300 people in the mosque praying, and everyone was panicking, everyone was screaming”.
May, speaking outside the prime minister’s residence, said the incident was “every bit as sickening” as prior attacks in Britain.
Before police arrived, the suspect was restrained by angry members of the public, but an Imam from the mosque stepped in before crowds could get violent. The Metropolitan Police said that one man was pronounced dead at the scene and ten others were injured.
British Prime Minister Theresa May says she will chair an emergency session of the security Cabinet later Monday.
“We convey our honest condolence to the British people, wish God’s mercy upon the person who lost his life in the attack, patience to his family and speedy recovery for the wounded”, the statement said.
Extra police protection was deployed to reassure Muslim communities, London Mayor Sadiq Khan said.
Eight people injured were taken to three separate hospitals, while two others were treated at the scene for minor injuries.
All of the victims in the Monday morning attack are Muslim, according to reports.
Britain’s terrorist alert has been set at “severe” meaning an attack is highly likely.
Manchester was also hit by a severe attack when a bomber killed more than 20 people at an Ariana Grande concert.