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

Van hits pedestrians in London, 'number of casualties' reported

Van hits pedestrians in London, 'number of casualties' reported

Islington's Seven Sisters Road area - the scene of the attack - is home to at least four mosques, and would have likely been filled with worshipers leaving late-night taraweeh prayers - special prayers during the holy month of Ramadan - and heading back towards the Finsbury Park Underground station.

The Muslim Council of Britain tweeted, "We have been informed that a van has run over worshipers as they left #FinsburyPark Mosque".

The victims were all said to be Muslim worshippers.

It added later that the collision occurred outside the Muslim Welfare House, which is nearby the mosque.

One man was pronounced dead at the scene.

Eyewitness Cynthia Vanzella said it was a mixed community, with people from many different countries and cultures. He said the driver was white.

Two people "said that the driver got out of the vehicle after hitting about ten people and screamed that he wanted to "kill all Muslims", The Times reports.

One eyewitness who lives in a flat on Seven Sisters Road told the BBC she saw people "shouting and screaming", saying: "Everyone was shouting "a van's hit people".

The Muslim Council of Britain general secretary Harun Khan has urged authorities to step up security outside all mosques for fear of another attack.

British Prime Minister Theresa May said the incident was being treated at "a potential terrorist attack". He complained that the "mainstream media" was unwilling to call the attack a terrorist incident for many hours. Police said no other suspects at the scene have been identified or reported. He called the incident a "horrific terrorist attack".

"We have sent a number of ambulance crews, advance paramedics and specialist responses teams to the scene".

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

"We are working closely with other members of the emergency services at the scene".

"Our priority is to assess the level and nature of injuries and ensure those in the most need are treated first and taken to hospital", said Bate. "I didn't see the attacker himself, although he seems to have been arrested, but I did see the van".

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