Finsbury Park terror attack near mosque: Facts minus speculation

Elias Hubbard
June 19, 2017

"We all live perfectly fine", she said. Police have not released his identity.

The driver has been taken to hospital as a precaution but will then be taken into custody.

Police say a vehicle struck pedestrians on a road in north London, leaving several casualties and one person has been arrested.

In a statement at 04:46 am they said the incident was being investigated by counter-terrorism police. Muslim leaders called for calm. London's Mayor Sadiq Mayor Khan, the first Muslim to serve in that position, urged the public to focus on shared values and urged the city to stand together in an unprecedented period in the capital's history. "He tried to do a London Bridge thing".

Britain, especially London, has been on edge over several recent incidents, including last month's terror bombing in Manchester and the recent vehicle attack and stabbing near London Bridge.

- A statement released by the Muslim Council of Britain condemned what it described as a "terror attack".

Resident Cynthia Vanzella said she was in bed when she heard people shouting.

"Some of them wanted to beat him up, but were stopped by the ones that were holding him until the police came", he said.

Most of the victims are thought to have left the Muslim Welfare House on Seven Sisters Road after Taraweeh prayers held during the holy month of Ramadan when the van mounted the pavement. "This person was conscious". He described it as a terrorist attack condemning the incident. The attackers were shortly gunned down by armed police personnel.

Following the attack, 12 people were arrested from the Barking area of East London. Parents are scared to send their children to evening prayers.

On May 22, a suicide attack killed 22 people and injured almost 60 after an Ariana Grande concert in Manchester.

Angry crowd surround arrested man after Finsbury Park incident.

At one time it was associated with extremism, due to its links with Egyptian-born radical cleric Abu Hamza al-Masri in the early 2000s.

The scene is just metres from the main railway line linking London with Edinburgh, the main Arsenal Football Club shop and what was the Rainbow Theatre, considered the prestige London concert venue in the 1960s and 1970s.

British Prime Minister Theresa May says she will chair an emergency meeting Monday morning following a van crash in which a man died at the scene.

One man was pronounced dead at the scene and eight people were taken to hospital.

The chairman of the Finsbury Park Mosque, Mohammed Kozbar, has complained that the "mainstream media" was unwilling to call the attack a terrorist incident for many hours.

The incident comes after two deadly Islamist-inspired attacks this year that used vehicles to ram pedestrians - a stabbing spree earlier this month in the London Bridge area and a March attack in which a man drove a auto into crowds on Westminster Bridge.

On March 22, a man killed five people when he drove a vehicle into pedestrians on Westminster Bridge in London and stabbed a police officer.

Other reports by Click Lancashire

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