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Finsbury Park van attack

Finsbury Park van attack”

The 48-year-old driver of the van was detained by members of the public and arrested by police.

Police said the 48-year-old man who was driving the auto has been arrested and taken to a hospital as a precaution.

"When I looked back, I thought it was a vehicle accident, but people were shouting, screaming and I realised this was a man choosing to terrorise people who are praying", he told Reuters.

"Any causative link between his death and the attack will form part of the investigation".

A van struck several worshippers leaving the Finsbury Park mosque early Monday morning after Ramadan prayers. "Immediately after the incident, people were praying for the victims of the attack".

Police are determining whether the tragic incident was a terrorist attack, UK Prime Minister called the Finsbury incident a "potential terrorist attack".

Local police agree and told CNN, "This was a direct attack on Muslims". "The second this month and every bit as sickening as those of which have come before", May said.

His full statement said: "I am shocked by this horrific and cruel attack in Finsbury Park, which is being treated as an act of terror".

May says hatred and evil of this kind will never succeed and she says the government will "stop at nothing" to defeat extremism.

Mayor of London Sadiq Khan has warned Theresa May to halt planned police cuts in the wake of the Finsbury Park attack and "a bad few weeks for London". "One man was pronounced dead at the scene".

Toufik Kacimi, chief executive of the Muslim Welfare House, speaking to Sky News, said the attack clearly targeted Muslims leaving evening prayers during Ramadan.

"We have been informed that a van has run over worshipers as they left #FinsburyPark Mosque", the Muslim Council of Britain said on Twitter.

Eyewitnesses told British media that the van seemed to have veered and hit people intentionally.

He said people in the crowd put the driver under citizen's arrest.

Mayor Sadiq Khan, London's first Muslim mayor, urged residents to focus on their shared values and to stand together during an unprecedented period in the capital's history.

The London Ambulance Service said it was responding to the incident.

An imam guarded the van driver who mowed down Muslim worshippers until the police arrived, telling a crowd: "Do not touch him", PA reports. Police later said the suspect has further been charged for the commission, preparation or instigation of terrorism including murder and attempted murder.

The suspect was taken to hospital as a precaution and will undergo a mental health assessment.

After taking one question from the press she left the building, with her exit signalled to those inside by yells coming from the waiting crowd.

Following the carnage, the valour of an imam called Mohammed Mahmoud was also hailed by the religious community.

"We found that a group of people quickly started to collect around him, around the assailant and some tried to hit him either with kicks or punches".

"We have put out numerous safety leaflets to mosques to ensure vigilance so that congregations are safe", he said.

If confirmed by the authorities as terrorism, it would be the fourth attack since March in Britain and the third to involve a vehicle deliberately driven at pedestrians.

Eight people were killed and 50 injured on June 3 when three Islamist militants drove into pedestrians on London Bridge and stabbed people at nearby restaurants and bars.

Police have also denied rumors that a knife was involved.



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