The London Ambulance Service said: “We have sent a number of ambulance crews, advance paramedics and specialist responses teams to the scene”. About 10 people were injured and one person is fighting for their life.
Eight people were taken to hospital and two more were treated for minor injuries at the scene. The attack comes during the Muslim holy month of Ramadan, when people attend prayers at night. Britain’s terrorist alert has been set at “severe” meaning an attack is highly likely.
The Muslim Council of Britain (MCB), an umbrella body, said on twitter: “We have been informed that a van has run over worshippers as they left #FinsburyPark Mosque”.
One man, who gave his name as Mohin, said his cousin was caught up in the incident.
Mohammed Shafiq of the Ramadhan Foundation, a Muslim organisation which speaks out against extremism, said: “I utterly condemn the senseless and evil van attack against Muslim worshippers outside the Finsbury Park Mosque in London“.
“I see that two or four men lie motionless”, – said the inhabitant of the area named Cynthia.
The police here has described it as a “major incident” and arrested one person following the incident near Finsbury Park Mosque on Seven Sisters Road, the BBC reported.
Police have said they are investigating the crash as suspected terrorism and have arrested the driver, a 48-year-old man who was taken to a hospital as a precaution.
CNN national terror analyst Peter Bergen said the Finsbury Park neighborhood has a large Muslim population and the nearby mosque has a notorious reputation as a place where Islamist militants used to gather.
A man has been arrested, say police.
During Ramadan – the name of the ninth month in the Islamic calendar and the holiest time of their year – Muslims fast daily from dawn to dusk and focus on prayer, purification and acts of charity.
The leader of the opposition Labour Party, Jeremy Corbyn, said he was “totally shocked”.
A witnesses told Sky News that at least ten people were hit by the van. Manchester was also hit by a severe attack when a bomber killed more than 20 people at an Ariana Grande concert.
Transport for London confirmed that there would be normal services throughout the morning, but the Seven Sisters Road entrance would be closed.
May says police are treating the crash as a potential terrorist attack.
A spokesman said: “Officers are on scene with other emergency services”.
According to the Council in a follow-up tweet, the van struck the victims closer to the Muslim Welfare House. Vanzella said she went to the window and saw “loads of people gathering” in a corner across the road from her window.