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

Finsbury Park attack: What we know so far

The van driver tried to escape but people grabbed him.

Another man, who gave his name as Mohin, said his cousin was caught up in the incident. Already stretched by a series of major incidents around the capital, London's police force is putting more officers on the street to reassure the public.

The Metropolitan Police confirmed the 48-year-old was detained by members of the public at the scene and then arrested by police.

In a statement, Muslim Welfare House condemned the attack and appealed for calm.

Eyewitness Khalid Amin told BBC television that the van turned deliberately left and "just hit the people".

Rahman said he and another man wrestled the suspect to the ground and held him down for 20 to 30 minutes before police arrived.

Those restraining the man were also praised for showing restraint. A vehicle struck pedestrians near a mosque in north London early Monday morning. P.

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Someone in the crowd is heard yelling, "No-one touch him! No one! No one!"

The incident happened when a van was driven at high speed into pedestrians near a mosque where Muslims had been praying, killing one person and injuring 10.

The "white terrorist" waves from the back of a police van after being arrested.

"One man was pronounced dead at the scene", Metropolitan Police Service said in a statement.

At least one person was killed and 10 injured.

The Finsbury Park Mosque gained notoriety more than a decade ago for sermons by radical cleric Abu Hamza al-Masri, who was sentenced to life in a United States prison in January 2015 for his conviction on terrorism-related charges.

At one time it was associated with extremism, due to its links with Egyptian-born radical cleric Abu Hamza al-Masri in the early 2000s.

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A police forensic tent is erected at Finsbury Park in north London, where a vehicle struck pedestrians in north London Monday, June 19, 2017.

"I'm totally shocked at the incident at Finsbury Park tonight". The group's general secretary, Harun Khan, described the incident as a hate crime against Muslims.

He said: "During the night, ordinary British citizens were set upon while they were going about their lives, completing their night worship". It appears from eyewitness accounts that the perpetrator was motivated by Islamophobia.

The Muslim Council said the van has "run over worshippers" leaving the Finsbury Park mosque.

In a statement Khan said, "While this appears to be an attack on a particular community, like the bad attacks in Manchester, Westminster and London Bridge it is also an assault on all our shared values of tolerance, freedom and respect".

Kozbar complained that the "mainstream media" was unwilling to call the attack a terrorist incident for many hours.

In response to the attack that Khan has decried as terrorism, British Prime Minister Theresa May will hold an emergency meeting on Monday morning while an investigation into the attack is still underway.

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