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

Council says van struck people leaving mosque

Another told The Guardian that he was told "two people were stuck under the van" and that the police "were quick to the scene".

The Associated Press reports that Finsbury Park Mosque, one of four mosques in the Islington borough, had been associated with extremist ideology in the wake of the 9/11 attacks in the US.

According to Russian media outlet RT, the incident took place near a mosque and the majority of the injured are Muslims who had just left the mosque following prayer time. Check back for updates or follow BuzzFeed News on Twitter.

Green Party co-leader Caroline Lucas said her thoughts were with the community and emergency services, adding: "We will not be divided". Police say they have arrested a 48-year-old man who was driving the vehicle when it veered off the road and collided with a crowd of Muslims who were leaving the mosque after Ramadan prayers.

He has been taken to hospital as a precaution and is due to receive a mental health assessment.

Eight of the injured people were taken to hospital, while two were treated at the scene for minor injuries.

A Metropolitan Police spokesman said: "One man was pronounced dead at the scene".

"It appears that a white man in a van intentionally ploughed into a group of worshippers who were already tending to someone who had been taken ill", the council said in a statement.

Police say a vehicle struck pedestrians on a road in north London, leaving several casualties and one person has been arrested.

"From the window, I started hearing a lot of yelling and screeching, a lot of chaos outside".

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.

Following the incident, near Finsbury Park Mosque in Seven Sisters Road, the driver of the vehicle was arrested. "There are many Muslims and non-Muslims alike and it's unfortunate that this happened in this area", Kozbar said.

An eyewitness told CNN that she "saw a lot of people injured".

"The British Muslim community requires all decent people to stand with us against this evil violence", he said, adding that "rampant Islamophobia has been on the rise for a number of years".

"They were very nervous, shouting very loud, trying desperately to make some signs to a police auto that was. just passing the road", she told CNN.

A few individuals managed to restrain him, for approximately half an hour, until the police arrived.

Mohammed Shafiq of the Ramadhan Foundation, a Muslim organization, said that based on eyewitness reports, it seems to be a "deliberate attack against innocent Muslims".

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