Sunday, 18 June 2017
At least one dead and 10 injured as man runs over Finsbury Park mosque worshipers with van
A man has died and eight people have been injured after a van ploughed into pedestrians near a north London mosque. The van mounted the pavement and struck a group of people just after midnight near Finsbury Park Mosque in Seven Sisters Road. A 48-year-old man has been arrested. Prime Minister Theresa May said police were treating it "as a potential terrorist attack".
The Muslim Council of Britain said a van intentionally ran over worshippers.
Counter terrorism officers are at the scene, the Metropolitan Police said. The van driver was arrested after being detained by members of the public at the scene following the collision at 00:20 BST. Police said there were no reports of anyone suffering from knife injuries after speculation at the scene the driver was armed with a knife. Video posted online of the aftermath showed a scene of chaos as people tried to help the injured. Many of the victims are believed to have just left evening prayers at the Muslim Welfare House after breaking the Ramadan fast.
The MCB said it was a "violent manifestation of Islamophobia" and called for extra security around mosques. The PM will chair an emergency meeting later.