Published: Mon, June 19, 2017
Culture | By Stewart Greene

1 arrested after vehicle strikes pedestrians in London

1 arrested after vehicle strikes pedestrians in London

Abdulraman Aidroos, who witnessed the incident, said "a white British man" shouted, "I am going to kill Muslims" before driving his auto into pedestrians. "An attack on one community is an attack on all of us", Police Commissioner Cressida Dick said.

"He was quickly and calmly given over to police", he said. The man who died was receiving first aid prior to the incident, they said.

According to reports, at least ten people were hit outside the mosque with three of them being critically injured. The London Ambulance Service said it was responding to the incident.

A witness, 38-year-old worshipper named Mehdi, told the Evening Standard that the van "tried to do a London Bridge thing", referring to the June 3 incident in which three male attackers deliberately crashed their van into pedestrians on the London Bridge.

Prime Minister Theresa May will chair an emergency meeting on Monday morning. Eight injured people were taken to hospitals, and a suspect was arrested.

Police said the death of a male victim occurred at the scene near the Finsbury Park Mosque.

The Finsbury Park mosque was associated with extremist ideology for several years after the 9/11 attacks in the United States but was shut down and reorganized.

A young man who spoke to Sky News argued that if it had been a Muslim attacking others in the city, it would have been labelled terrorism more quickly, and he called for "equality" in the way both the authorities and media handle such incidents.

Mayor of London Sadiq Khan promised extra police to reassure people in the area, especially those observing Ramadan.

A statement released by the Muslim Council of Britain (MCB) condemned what it described as a "terror attack".

"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.

The Metropolitan Police earlier declared the collision as a "major incident" and said that there were "a number of casualties". One person was killed and 10 were hurt.

A video that emerged from Finsbury Park, London shows a white man near a police van.

Someone in the crowd yelled to others not to harm the man while he was taken into custody.

A man was arrested after "intentionally" driving a vehicle into several pedestrians near a mosque in London on Sunday.

"He will also be subject of a mental health assessment in due course".

Police are investigating it as a terrorist incident. Mahmoud was heard trying to protect the van driver from some in the crowd who had directed their anger at him. "No one! No one!"

The attack comes during the holy month of Ramadan, when people attend prayers at night.

One resident said he jumped out of the way as the van struck pedestrians.

In 2015, the mosque was one of around 20 that took part in an open day organised by the MB to promote better understanding of Islam following terrorist attacks in Paris.

'Over the past weeks and months, Muslims have endured many incidents of Islamophobia and this is the most violent manifestation to date. It appears from eyewitness accounts that the perpetrator was motivated by Islamophobia.

Britain's terrorist alert has been set at "severe" meaning an attack is highly likely. But they said it wasn't clear if he died from the van attack or something else. "There has been one person arrested".

Police have also denied rumors that a knife was involved.

Finsbury Park mosque was once a notorious hub for radical Islamists but has entirely changed in recent years under new management.

'Enough is enough, my condolences and prayers for all the victims and their families.

She said the road was "backed up" with police cars, ambulance and fire engines.

Further details were not immediately available.

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