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20 June 2017

The Muslim Council tweeted that worshippers were struck by a van as they were leaving prayers near the Finsbury Park mosque.

The driver of the van in Monday morning's attack was arrested after he was seized and prevented from fleeing by bystanders; a Muslim imam reportedly prevented the crowd from injuring the attacker. The man receiving first aid is now reported to have died at the scene, while eight others sustained serious injuries from the van.

Witnesses described hearing the van driver shout: "I'm going to kill Muslims" and "I've done my bit".

British Muslim leaders have linked the terrorist attack to islamophobia and urged United Kingdom prime minister, Theresa May, to do more to curb anti-Muslim rhetoric.

A man died and nine other people were taken to hospital following the incident on Seven Sisters Road, which police are treating as a terror attack.

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Locals held onto the suspect until he was detained by police and later arrested on charges of "the commission, preparation or instigation of terrorism including murder and attempted murder".

"We told them the situation, said there's as a man, he's restrained, he mowed down people with his van and there's a mob attempting to hurt him, if you don't take him, God forbid he might be seriously hurt", he said.

A witness, Abdiqadir Warra, told AFP that the van "drove at people" and that some of the victims were carried for several meters along the road.

Mohammed Mahmoud, an Imam at Finsbury Park Mosque, gives a statement to the media at a police cordon in the Finsbury Park area of north London on June 19, 2017, following a vehicle attack on pedestrians.

Qasimi blamed Islamophobia for the attack, saying: "This guy was extreme right wing, trying to kill Muslims because they are Muslims". The man's name was not released.

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The incident follows only weeks after a vehicle was driven into pedestrians on London Bridge by Islamist militants who then attacked crowds in Borough Market with knives, killing eight people.

London's police commander Cressida Dick said the attack was clearly aimed at Muslims. "A post mortem examination will be scheduled due course", Metropolitan Police said.

"I have assured the leadership of the mosque and the Muslim welfare centre of our prayers and support", he said.

Prime Minister Theresa May said she would chair an emergency security Cabinet session later Monday.

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