Man slams van into pedestrians near London mosque

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By: CBS News
June 19, 2017

LONDON (CBS News) -- One person was arrested Monday after a vehicle drove into pedestrians, leaving ten people injured and possibly killing one in what police said appeared to have been a terrorist attack near a north London mosque.

The Metropolitan Police said they were called to Seven Sisters Road at 12:20 a.m. local time.

They said in a statement that one man was pronounced dead at the scene and at least eight people were taken to three separate hospitals with injuries. Two people were treated at the scene for minor injuries.

Police said it was unclear whether the deceased man died as a result of the attack. According to reports, he was already on the ground being treated by bystanders after an apparent collapse when the van drove onto the sidewalk.

"The attack unfolded whilst a man was receiving first aid from the public at the scene; sadly, he has died. Any causative link between his death and the attack will form part of our investigation," said London deputy police commissioner Neil Basu. "It is too early to state if his death was as a result of the attack."

Police said the incident "had all the hallmarks of a terrorist incident."

The driver of the van, a 48-year-old man, was detained by members of public at the scene and then arrested by police in connection with the incident.

The lone suspect was taken to a hospital and treated for unspecified injuries before being placed under arrest on suspicion of attempted murder.

Police said there were no other people being sought in connection to the attack, but noted that the investigation was ongoing.

The police did not give any information about a suspected motive, but said the incident was being investigated by the Counter Terrorism Command.

Extra policing resources were deployed in order to reassure communities, especially those observing Ramadan.

Witnesses said the van ran into worshipers as they left the Muslim Welfare House and the nearby Finsbury Park Mosque shortly after midnight prayers.

A man who said he helped tackle the van driver to the ground and hold him there until police arrived said the suspect told him he had, "wanted to kill more Muslims."

Many people at the scene credited the Imam of the Muslim Welfare House, Mohammed Mahmoud, with calming the tense situation as bystanders held the suspect down before police arrived. He was heard trying to protect the van driver from some in the crowd who had directed their anger at the suspect.

The Finsbury Park mosque's chairman, Mohammed Kozbar, called the incident a "cowardly attack" in a statement on on Twitter. "Our thoughts and prayers with those who got injured and [affected] by this cowardly attack in Finsbury Park area, many casualties in the floor," Kozbar tweeted.

"Police have confirmed this is being treated as a potential terrorist attack," U.K. Prime Minister Theresa May said, adding that she would chair an emergency meeting of her government later in the day. "All my thoughts are with the victims, their families and the emergency services on the scene," she said.

A leader of the Muslim Council of Britain called for extra security at mosques after the incident.

London Mayor Sadiq Khan, a Muslim, offered his "thoughts and prayers" on Twitter to the victims of what he called a "horrific terrorist attack on innocent people."

"While this appears to be an attack on a particular community, like the terrible attacks in Manchester, Westminster and London Bridge it is also an assault on all our shared values of tolerance, freedom and respect," he said. "The situation is still unfolding and I urge all Londoners to remain calm and vigilant."

The incident follows two deadly attacks in London in which pedestrians were deliberately mowed down by vehicles; in Westminster in March and the London Bridge attack earlier this month.


By: Associated Press
June 18, 2017

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

Metropolitan Police said officers were called to the scene on Seven Sisters Road at 12:20 a.m. Monday. The London Ambulance Service said it was responding to the incident.

No other details were immediately available.

Earlier this month, a van veered into pedestrians on London Bridge, setting off vehicle and knife attacks that killed eight people and wounded many others on the bridge and in the nearby Borough Market area.

Three Muslim extremists who carried out the attack were killed by police.