One Dead And Eight Injured In "Potential Terror Attack" Near London Mosque
One man has died and eight more have been injured, after a van ploughed into a group of people outside a mosque in Finsbury Park, North London.
The incident happened just after midnight when the van mounted the pavement and struck a group of people near Finsbury Park Mosque. The police have arrested a 48-year-old man – and are said to have no other suspects at this time.
Theresa May has said that police are treating the incident in Finsbury Park “as a potential terrorist attack”. She will be chairing a meeting of the Cobra emergency committee this morning.
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One man described the attack to the Press Association, saying:
“The gentleman went straight down this road, people were just conversing, talking, just doing what we’re doing. And he just came into all of us.
“There was a lot of people. We got told to move straight away. I was shocked, shocked, shocked. There were bodies around me. Thank God I just moved to the side, I just jumped. Everyone is hurt. Everyone is actually hurt.”
Horrible to watch police officers doing cardiac massage at people on the floor, desperately trying to save them. I just hope they did.
— Cynthia Vanzella (@cynthiavanzella) June 18, 2017
Abdul Rahman, a witness who was in the area at the time, told the BBC he helped subdue the attacker.
“When the guy came out from his van he wanted to escape, run away and he was saying ‘I want to kill Muslims. ‘I want to kill Muslims. I hit him on his stomach… and then me and the other guys… we held him to the ground until he couldn’t move. We stopped him until the police came.”
London Mayor, Sadiq Khan, released posted a statement via Facebook, in which 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.”
“While this appears to be an attack on a particular community, 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.”
I'm totally shocked at the incident at Finsbury Park tonight. pic.twitter.com/1ffKijNs73
— Jeremy Corbyn (@jeremycorbyn) June 19, 2017
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Our thoughts go out to those affected by this awful event.