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

UK official: mosque attack treated as terrorism

UK official: mosque attack treated as terrorism

(Yui Mok/PA via AP).

A dozen police officers stood guard on a balmy Monday morning at the cordon at the junction of Yonge Park and Seven Sisters Road while several locals looked on.

An AFP reporter could see a helicopter and many emergency vehicles at the scene, which was closed off by a large police cordon.

"The situation is still unfolding and I urge all Londoners to remain calm and vigilant". Following the incident, near Finsbury Park Mosque in Seven Sisters Road, the driver of the vehicle was arrested.

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.

"Police say incident has all the "hallmarks" of a terrorist" incident.

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One witness, Abdul Rahman, told the BBC he saw the van "deliberately run over about 10 or 15 people".

"He has assured me that his team is fully engaged and working in partnership with the London Metropolitan Police as the investigation into the abhorrent attack at Finsbury Park gets under way".

One person has been killed and ten more injured after a white van driver screaming "I'm going to kill all Muslims" ploughed into worshipers near a renowned north London mosque, in the latest terror attack to rock Britain.

The attack will stretch the capacity of authorities in Britain, who have faced four attacks in recent months, together with a major fire that has killed dozens.

Witnesses have told how a suspect shouted "kill me, kill me" and blew kisses from the back of a police van after he was pinned to the ground following an attack on worshippers near Finsbury Park mosque.

British Prime Minister Theresa May confirmed the incident is being treated as a "potential terrorist attack" and she is due to char a meeting of the government's COBRA committee. Eight injured people were taken to hospitals, and a suspect was arrested.

Basu said that officers who were in the vicinity attended the incident "immediately" and that additional officers were on the scene within 10 minutes.

United Kingdom officials treating mosque attack as terrorism
Another eyewitness, Mohamad, said he and others in the community are anxious about returning to the area for prayer on Tuesday. Ten people remain in the hospital, two of which are said to be in critical condition. "Or we might have to even not come".

"There has been this concern within the community, this concern within the mosque itself particularly over the years as it has worked to try and reshape its reputation to try and shed that reputation for extremism, for contributing to extremist thought, ideology and indeed perhaps violent acts". He complained that the "mainstream media" was unwilling to call the attack a terrorist incident for many hours.

'The Met have deployed extra police to reassure communities, especially those observing Ramadan'.

Manchester was also recently hit by a devastating attack when a bomber killed more than 20 people at an Ariana Grande concert.

One witness described being surrounded by bodies in the wake of the attack outside the Muslim Welfare House, yards from the mosque. The mosque called it a "callous terrorist attack".

"I tried to stop him (the suspect), some people were hitting him but I said stop him and keep him until the police came".

The person who died was the same elderly worshipper people had been giving first aid to before the attack.

Video filmed in the immediate aftermath of a van striking worshippers near a London mosque showed a Caucasian man being detained by police.

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- Police have not named the man arrested, but the van bears the logo and phone number for Pontyclun Van Hire in south Wales.

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