BREAKING: Multiple people are dead after they were hit by a white van driver near a London mosque. The incident is being described as a ‘terrorist attack’.
At least one person has been arrested after the van drove into a crowd outside Finsbury Park Mosque. The attack happened as a large group of Muslims finished Ramadan evening prayers. People on the scene saw bystanders wrestle the suspect to the floor and pin him down until officers arrived at the scene. The attacker allegedly screamed ‘I want to kill all Muslims’.
Others added that other victims were trying to save a man who had collapsed at a bus stop.
Via the Daily Mail:
Finsbury Park Mosque has undergone wholesale changes under new leader Mohammed Kozbar, since the days when hook-handed Abu Hamza was imam there from 1997 until 2003. Mr Kozbar told The Sun: ‘Whoever did this, he did it to hurt people and it’s a terrorist attack. We call it a terrorist attack as we called it in Manchester, Westminster and London Bridge.’
He added he heard there had been fatalities but did not want to ‘jump to conclusions.’
Jeremy Corbyn has expressed his shock at the incident, which took place in the heart of his Islington North constituency. He said: ‘I’m totally shocked at the incident at Finsbury Park tonight. I’ve been in touch with the mosques, police and Islington council regarding the incident. My thoughts are with those and the community affected by this awful event.’
Prime Minister Theresa May described the attack as a ‘terrible incident’, adding: ‘All my thoughts are with those who have been injured, their loved ones and the emergency services on the scene.’
Witnesses told MailOnline that they saw two additional suspects run away once the van had stopped, although the Met has yet to confirm these reports.
Atikur Arhman, 41, from Finsbury Park, said: ‘There was three people in there. They caught one and are looking for another two. An elderly man who just came from the mosque, he just fainted and people were picking him up when the van he just sped up and ran them over when the guy was one the floor.’
Muslims gathered to pray for the dead victims.
This is a breaking story and we will keep updating it as information becomes available.