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Van hits pedestrians near London mosque, causing casualties

19 June 2017

One person was killed and eight others injured when a van was driven into people near a north London mosque shortly after they had just finished worshipping at the Finsbury Park mosque after breaking the Ramadan fast.

The Metropolitan Police said in a statement: " One man was pronounced dead at the scene.

"There are a number of casualties being worked on at the scene".

Khan confirmed that one person was dead after the attack, eight were being treated in the hospital for their injuries, and two people were treated at the scene.

Numerous victims are believed to have just left evening prayers at the Muslim Welfare House after breaking the Ramadan fast.

He said the attack was deliberate and targeted innocent Londoners, many of whom were finishing prayers during the holy month of Ramzan.

The mosque is near Seven Sisters Road, where the accident happened, and was once a notorious hub for radical Islamists but has entirely changed under new management. "I saw everything. People were badly injured".

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Heroic bystanders wrestled the suspect, who was clean-shaven with curly hair and wore a white t-shirt, to the floor and pinned him down until officers arrived, at around 12.20am, after he allegedly screamed: "I want to kill all Muslims".

That same year, the mosque was one of around 20 that took part in an open day organized by the MCB to promote better understanding of Islam following the deadly terror attacks in Paris that year. The London Ambulance Service said it was responding to the incident.

The area is in Corbyn's Islington North constituency. Vanzella said there have been no conflict among the groups in the past.

The attacker struck as the area was busy with worshippers who had been attending Ramadan night prayers at the mosque.

Both Muslim Welfare House and the Finsbury Park Mosque are a short walk south of Finsbury Park train station.

The force said the investigation of the incident is being carried out by the Counter Terrorism Command.

The driver of the van, 48, has been arrested and was taken to the hospital as a precaution.

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According to a tweet from Transport for London, Seven Sisters Road has been closed northbound at Hornsey Road and southbound at Rock Street.

- Imam Mohammed Mahmoud of the Muslim Welfare House stopped an angry crowd from turning on the van driver, telling the furious mob: "Do not touch him". Its terror alert has been set at "severe", meaning an attack is highly likely.

Earlier this month, three men who pledged allegiance to the Islamic State terrorist organization rammed a van into pedestrians on London Bridge before stabbing passersby, killing eight.

A police officer talks with residents in the Finsbury Park area of north London after a vehicle hit pedestrians, on June 19, 2017.

That incident came just a week after the Manchester Arena attack, which killed 22 and left more than 100 injured.

On March 22, a man drove a rented vehicle into pedestrians on Westminster Bridge in London and stabbed a police officer guarding the British parliament to death before being shot dead.

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Van hits pedestrians near London mosque, causing casualties