Published: Mon, June 19, 2017
Global News | By Stacy Ballard

British police say there are casualties after vehicle collides with pedestrians


Police say the man arrested, drove the vehicle.

Eyewitnesses interviewed by ABC News said people were gathered outside the mosque after prayers tending to an old man who was having a heart attack when the van drove into them.

Witnesses posted on social media about armed police closing off the area and seeing people injured.

A vehicle has hit pedestrians in London causing multiple casualties.

Police arrived about 15 to 20 minutes after the incident, Mohammed said.

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Prime Minister Theresa May called the attack "every bit as sickening as those have come before" and said "evil of this kind will never succeed", after holding an emergency meeting to coordinate the government's response at 10 Downing Street.

Police said the Counter Terrorism Command was investigating the crash, though they did not call it a terrorist attack.

A British Muslim group said the people struck down by the vehicle were worshipers leaving a mosque.

According to London's Metropolitan Police, one person has been arrested following the incident, which occurred around 12:15 a.m. local time Monday on Seven Sisters Road, near Finsbury Park station in the northern part of the city. There were men, old men and women, no children.

The area was brimming with Muslim worshippers who had finished performing Tarawih, late-night prayers that are recited during the fasting month of Ramadan.

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It also follows a series of attacks, including the van-and-knife attack on London Bridge on June 3. Three Muslim extremists who carried out the attack were killed by police.

Five people were killed in the attack. In March, a man drove a auto into pedestrians on Westminster Bridge and stabbed a police officer to death before being shot dead.

On May 22, a suicide bomber blew himself up outside a pop concert in Manchester, killing 22 people.

The mosque was raided by authorities in January 2003, and in February 2005, it was completely reconstituted - "run by a new board of trustees with a new management team, new imams, a new name and new ethos", according to its website.

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