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

Van mows into pedestrians outside well-known London mosque


"There has been one person arrested".

Prime Minister Theresa May said it was being treated as "a potential terrorist attack" and that she would hold a Cobra committee emergency meeting later on Monday.

Cynthia Vanzella, who lives near the scene, said on Twitter: "Horrible to watch police officers doing cardiac massage at people on the floor, desperately trying to save them".

The incident comes after two deadly Islamist-inspired attacks this year that used vehicles to ram pedestrians - a stabbing spree earlier this month in the London Bridge area and a March attack in which a man drove a auto into crowds on Westminster Bridge.

"People were shouting this is an act of terrorism, even though he's white", another witness, Hillary Briffa, said, referring to the man taken away be police.

The names of the victims have not yet been released, but expect more information in the upcoming days.

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A 48-year-old man has been arrested under suspicion of attempted murder after mounting the pavement outside Muslim Welfare House which is near Finsbury Park Mosque.

- Islington's Seven Sisters Road, where the attack took place, is home to at least four mosques, and would have likely been filled with worshipers leaving late-night taraweeh prayers.

And there could have potentially been more victims if Imam Mohammed Mahmoud hadn't allegedly contained the driver of the van, according to eyewitness reports.

The incident occurred nearly exactly a year since the murder of lawmaker Jo Cox who was shot dead by a man obsessed with Nazis and extreme right-wing ideology.

Transport for London tweeted that Seven Sisters Road was closed northbound at Hornsey Road and southbound at Rock Street.

"At a time when we are all grieving the loss of so many precious people in London and Manchester, this brutal attack can only compound the trauma". "There was three people in the van. This is a terrorist attack", said Abdul. He wanted to run away and was saying, "I want to kill Muslims".

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Over the past weeks and months, Muslims have endured many incidents of Islamophobia and this is the most violent manifestation to date.

She added: "Londoners have been hit with a series of attacks and have actually been nothing short of heroic".

"During the night, ordinary British citizens were set upon while they were going about their lives, completing their night worship".

The chairman of the Finsbury Park Mosque says the van crash that hit worshippers was a "cowardly attack" and urged Muslims going to mosques to be vigilant.

Several witness accounts indicate that the victims were worshippers leaving a mosque in London's Finsbury Park.

Another eyewitness, who gave his name as Athman, told AFP: "People were screaming: 'It's a terrorist attack, it's an attack, this guy attacked us, ' and I had to run back and tried to save people who were still alive and giving water, helping the police".

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People had been attending mosques in the area as part of the Muslim holy month of Ramadan. The mosque called it a "callous terrorist attack".

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