Published: Mon, June 19, 2017
USA | By Kelli Rowe

Several injured in London after reports of vehicle ramming pedestrians


A spokesperson said the police were alerted to a "major incident" at 12:20 a.m.

Where did it take place?

The incident occurred near two mosques: the Finsbury Park Mosque and the Muslim Welfare House. The mosque was once a notorious hub for radical Islamists that has since become a centre for inter-faith outreach.

It is located a short walk away from Emirates Stadium, home of the Arsenal football club in north London.

On Monday, police said that all of the victims outside the mosque were from the Muslim community, but it was "too early to tell" if the man who died at the scene did so as a result of the attack.

Witnesses said they saw people at the scene grab the man, pulling him from the van and started hitting him. He was taken to hospital as a precaution, where he'll receive a mental health assessment, according to the statement.

Witness Khalid Amin told BBC television the man was shouting: "I want to kill all Muslims".

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Eight people were taken to hospital, while two were treated at the scene. Two people were treated at the scene.

Amateur video footage showed at least three people on the ground in the aftermath of the attack, with one man receiving mouth-to-mouth resuscitation.

London Mayor Sadiq Khan, a Muslim, offered his "thoughts and prayers" on Twitter to the victims of what he called a "horrific terrorist attack on innocent people". Many called the incident a terrorist attack, saying the driver had deliberately targeted Muslims.

"But I have to say the stress levels I have met already, from both people last night and this morning were just frightened, just frightened that something like this could happen again, and so we obviously need efficient and effective policing, we obviously need, also, an attitude in our society of support for each other".

The force also dismissed reports that the van driver produced a knife, saying: "At this stage there are no reports of any persons having suffered any knife injuries".

Deputy assistant commissioner Neil Basu praised the worshipers for showing restraint and for delivering the suspect to the police station unharmed.

Counter-terror officials said they were closely monitoring terror activity linked to far-right groups but most of the recent attacks have been traced to individuals rather than groups. They said additional officers arrived within 10 minutes.

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A group of Muslim men were praying on the pavement nearby.

"During the night, ordinary British citizens were set upon while they were going about their lives, completing their night worship", said Harun Khan, the secretary general of the Muslim Council of Britain.

A leader of the Muslim Council of Britain called for extra security at mosques in light of the apparent attack.

Local residents react at the scene in Finsbury Park area of north London after a vehicle hit pedestrians, on June 19, 2017.

Community leader Abjol Miah said anti-Muslim sentiment has increased lately but was optimistic about the possibility of people coming together.

"Rampant Islamophobia has been on the rise for a number of years".

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

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