London: One dead and 10 injured in mosque terror attack

The authorities at the scene of what the London mayor called a “horrific terrorist attack” that struck Muslims as they finished prayers early Monday.CreditJames Gourley/Rex Features, via Associated Press Images

LONDON — A van drove into a group of pedestrians early Monday near a mosque in London, killing one person and injuring 10 in what the mayor called a “horrific terrorist attack” that struck Muslims as they finished prayers.

The Metropolitan Police confirmed that the case was being investigated as a possible act of terrorism. The driver of the van, a 48-year-old man, was arrested after bystanders kept him from fleeing, the police said in a statement.

One man was pronounced dead at the scene. Eight pedestrians were taken to three separate hospitals, and two were treated at the scene for minor injuries, the police said.

The mayor, Sadiq Khan, acknowledged that the situation was still unfolding, and he urged Londoners to remain calm and vigilant. “While this appears to be an attack on a particular community,” he said, “like the terrible attacks in Manchester, Westminster and London Bridge it is also an assault on all our shared values of tolerance, freedom and respect.”

Emergency services near Finsbury Park. The Metropolitan Police said the episode was being investigated as a possible terrorist attack. Credit Ritvik Carvalho/Reuters

The British prime minister, Theresa May, said that she would lead an emergency meeting later Monday about the case. “All my thoughts are with the victims, their families and the emergency services on the scene,” she said.

The police had been summoned to Seven Sisters Road in Finsbury Park, a neighborhood that is home to many immigrants, at 12:20 a.m., officials said.

Witnesses there, and numerous accounts on social media, said the pedestrians were hit outside the Finsbury Park Mosque or the nearby Muslim Welfare House, a community center.

“We have been informed that a van has run over worshippers as they left #FinsburyPark Mosque,” the Muslim Council of Britain said on Twitter. “Our prayers are with the victims.”

An area in Finsbury Park cordoned off after a vehicle struck pedestrians near a mosque in London on Monday. One man was pronounced dead at the scene. CreditVictoria Jones/Press Association, via Associated Press

A Twitter post on the account of Muslim Engagement and Development, a nonprofit organization that fights Islamophobia and encourages British Muslims to get more involved in media and politics, said, “Our prayers and thoughts with those injured outside Muslim Welfare House in Seven Sisters road.”

One witness, Mahroof Mohammed, said he was having his evening tea at a Somali restaurant on Seven Sisters Road when he heard people running.

He went outside and saw several injured people. “There were seven or eight. Three of them were bleeding badly,” he said. “They were all leaving the mosque when they got hit.”

Mr. Mohammed said that most of the victims he saw were men, but that he also saw one older woman injured.

Eight pedestrians were taken to three separate hospitals, and two were treated at the scene for minor injuries, the police said. CreditThomas Van Hulle, via Reuters

A second witness, who gave his name as Ali and did not want his surname published, said he came out of his house after hearing a loud noise and saw two men, including one in a wheelchair, on the ground, along with a woman whose lips were bleeding.

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Police were called at shortly after midnight when a van ploughed into pedestrians outside the mosque in Seven Sisters Road

Police were called at shortly after midnight when a van ploughed into pedestrians outside the mosque in Seven Sisters Road

Finsbury Park latest

One man has died and 10 others injured after a van was rammed into worshippers in a terror attack near a mosque, before the driver is said to have screamed: “I’m going to kill all Muslims”.

The van driver – described by witnesses as a large white man – was detained by members of the public after the incident in Finsbury Park early on Monday that police said had “all the hallmarks of terrorism”.

The white van ploughed into pedestrians as the area was busy with worshippers attending Ramadan night prayers in Seven Sisters Road at 12.20am.

A 48-year-old man has been arrested on suspicion of attempted murder. The man who died, believed to have been an elderly worshipper, was already receiving first aid from members of the public and it is not yet known if his death was caused by the attack, police said.

One witness described being surrounded by bodies in the wake of the attack outside the Muslim Welfare House, yards from Finsbury Park mosque. Another said the attacker shouted about killing Muslims as he was held by local people.

Prime Minister Theresa May will hold a meeting of the Government’s emergency Cobra committee today.

Eyewitness describes Finsbury Park mosque attack
Witness Ratip Alsulaimen describes seeing eight to ten people being treated after a van struck a crowd of worshippers on Seven Sisters Road in Finsbury Park, north London.

Video posted online showed a scene of chaos as people tried to help the injured. One man could been seen giving CPR to a victim in the street while another man’s head injury was treated with a makeshift dressing. was treated with a makeshift dressing.

http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/2017/06/19/finsbury-park-mosque-latest-terror-attack-london-live/

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