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Lawrence Kim
June 19, 2017

A man is believed to have deliberately driven a white van at a group of muslims leaving Ramadan prayers. A massive police response is underway.

London's Metropolitan Police said officers were called just after midnight Sunday to an incident on Seven Sisters Road.

The Sky TV reported that "at least 10 people" were hit by the van. Police say it is too early to tell whether the incident was an act or terror.

But the police said they had responded "instantly" as officers were in the immediate vicinity.

Police guard a street in the Finsbury Park area of north London where a vehichle hit pedestrians. One person was killed in the incident.

Britain's Daily Mail reports the van is a hired vehicle from Wales.

Police said the Counter Terrorism Command was investigating the crash. "Everybody was shouting: "A van's hit people, a van's hit people", she said. "Eight people injured were taken to three separate hospitals", police said in a statement, adding that two other people were treated for minor injuries.

The incident comes at a time when emotions are high in England, where there have been several recent terrorist attacks.

Opposition Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn, who is the MP for the area, said he was "totally shocked".

He said: "Over the past weeks and months, Muslims have endured many incidents of Islamophobia and this is the most violent manifestation to date".

A suicide attack last month at a pop concert in the northern English city of Manchester killed 22 people, including children.

The Muslim Council of Britain tweeted, "We have been informed that a van has run over worshipers as they left #FinsburyPark Mosque". It said its prayers are with the victims.

Finsbury Park is part of the Islington borough of north London, where around 10% (19,500) of the borough's total population are Muslim. The mosque was closed and later reorganized and has not been associated with radical views for more than a decade.

The driver of the van that plowed into the group was reportedly ranting and raving about wanting to take lives - screaming, "I'm going to kill all Muslims", a witness said.

"They were very nervous, shouting very loud, trying desperately to make some signs to a police vehicle that was. just passing the road", she told CNN.

Other reports by Click Lancashire

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