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Driver plows into crowd outside London mosque, injuring 10

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

The incident occurred shortly after midnight as worshippers were leaving the Finsbury Park mosque in northern London. It is not yet known if his death was a direct result of the attack. London police are investigating it as a terrorist incident. Abdulrahman Aidroos said he and his friends had been tending an old man who had suffered a heart attack when the van was driven at them.

"It's Ramadan and it's perfectly normal, and eight people have been injured, some of them I understand extremely seriously, and, as I see it, this is a terror on the streets and it's a terror of the people on the streets, in the communities I'm very proud to represent in Parliament, and that's why I'm here today".

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

Eyewitness Khalid Amin told BBC television that the van turned left deliberately and "just hit the people".

Prime Minister Theresa May will chair an emergency meeting on Monday morning.

The assault comes on the heels of another attack at London Bridge, in which three men rammed a van into pedestrians and went on a stabbing spree at nearby bars and restaurants, killing eight people. We're not safe. If I stay here, people could come and attack me with a auto.

It said the incident was the most violent manifestation of islamophobia in Britain in recent months and called for extra security at places of worship as the end of the holy month of Ramadan nears.

Opened in 1994, Finsbury Park Mosque is an unassuming five-story redbrick building in residential north London, close to Arsenal Football Club's Emirates Stadium.

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"I think that we have to recognise, however, that many Muslim communities have been talking about the rise in hate crimes against Muslims for many, many years, and have been anxious about that, and unfortunately there has not been the action that we've expected".

London police closed the area to normal traffic. "The situation is still unfolding and I urge all Londoners to remain calm and vigilant".

The London Ambulance Service's deputy director, Kevin Bate, said ambulances and special response teams were deployed to the scene of the Finsbury Park Mosque attack.

"If you were interested in targeting a group of Muslims at a mosque that was notorious, this would be the mosque you would do it at".

Abu Hamza, who was the mosque's imam from 1997 to 2003, was later extradited to the United States, where he was convicted of supporting al Qaeda and Taliban terrorists, and sentenced to life in prison in 2015. May, weakened after losing her parliamentary majority in a June 8 election she had called to strengthen her hand in Brexit talks, has faced criticism for her record on security after the previous series of attacks blamed on Islamist militants.

As locals woke up to the horror Monday, some came onto the street in support of the mosque, holding up signs saying "We love our mixed community" and "Leave our Muslim neighbours alone".

Labour Party leader Jeremy Corbyn released a statement on Twitter following the incident.

Witnesses described hearing the man, who was detained by members of the public at the scene, shout: "I'm going to kill Muslims".



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