Vehicle hits people near London mosque, causing casualties

Marco Green
June 19, 2017

The van attack at Finsbury Park targetted Muslim worshippers leaving Finsbury Park mosque, according to reports.

Another eyewitness, who lives in a flat on the Seven Sisters Road, said the van seemed to have hit people who were coming out of the Finsbury Park mosque after prayers finished, the BBC reported.

"My friend said he said some words, but I didn't hear it".

A total of 14 people were arrested in the attack, out of which 12 remained in police custody.

"From the window, I started hearing a lot of yelling and screeching, a lot of chaos outside".

"Everyone was shouting "a van's hit people".

The incident Sunday comes on the heels of two high-profile deadly terror attacks in the United Kingdom.

It happened on Seven Sisters Road in the Finsbury Park neighborhood in northeast London.

Another said the attacker shouted about killing Muslims as he was held by local people.

Police said one man was pronounced dead at the scene and that the van driver, 48, had been detained by members of the public before being arrested.

"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".

Numerous victims are believed to have just finished worshipping at the Finsbury Park mosque after breaking the Ramadan fast.

People and media gather at a police cordon on Seven Sisters Road near Finsbury Park station.

In the statement, police did not say they are treating the incident as a terror attack, but they said the Counter Terrorism Command, a special operations branch within the Metropolitan Police, is investigating.

Eight people were taken to hospital and two more were treated for minor injuries at the scene.

London Mayor Sadiq Khan, the first Muslim to serve in that position, said extra police would be deployed.

Cynthia Vanzella, who lives near the scene, told CNN she saw multiple casualties and at least one person who appeared to be badly hurt.

London Ambulance Service deputy director of operations Kevin Bate said: "We have sent a number of ambulance crews, advance paramedics and specialist responses teams to the scene".

On June 3, three men drove a van into pedestrians on London Bridge, before launching a knife attack in nearby Borough Market.

Police said they closed the adjacent road in both directions and were dealing with "a major incident". I just hope they did'.

"I saw so many of them crying, screaming, trying to get the police and the ambulance", she said.

The incident followed a series of attacks in Britain.

Manchester was also hit by a severe attack when a bomber killed more than 20 people at an Ariana Grande concert.

On March 22, a man drove a rented auto into pedestrians on Westminster Bridge in London and stabbed a police officer guarding the British parliament to death before being shot dead.

Other reports by Click Lancashire

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