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Vehicle strikes several pedestrians on London road

19 June 2017

Police are responding to reports of a van colliding with pedestrians outside a mosque in London, an incident that has resulted in "a number of casualties".

British police described the incident as a major incident. The mosque's leadership has been outspoken in advocating interfaith harmony. The city's ambulance service said in a statement on Twitter that it had sent "a number of resources" including ambulance crews, paramedics and specialist response teams to the scene. They were called out at 12.20am.

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It is unclear whether the incident in Finsbury Park is terror-related.

The Muslim Council of Britain said the incident was a "violent manifestation of Islamophobia". According to Vikram Dodd, The Guardian's crime correspondent, counter-terrorism police are assisting local authorities, who are looking into whether the driver's moves were intentional.

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Condemning the incident, Prime Minister Theresa May said: "This is a bad incident", adding, "All my thoughts are with those who have been injured, their loved ones, and the emergency services on the scene".

"This is a bad incident", May said in an emailed statement.

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