Council says van struck people leaving mosque

Cheryl Sanders
June 19, 2017

London's transport authority said on Twitter that the Seven Sisters road had been closed due to an "emergency services incident".

CNN national terror analyst Peter Bergen said the Finsbury Park neighborhood has a large Muslim population and the nearby mosque has a notorious reputation as a place where Islamist militants used to gather. The van driver tried to escape but people grabbed him.

This big van just came and went all over us. I was holding him... and, even before that, he was screaming, "I'm going to kill all Muslims, I'm going to kill all Muslims".

The force said in a statement: "The driver of the van - a man aged 48 - was found detained by members of public at the scene and then arrested by police in connection with the incident".

Several people have been injured after a van struck pedestrians outside a mosque in on Seven Sisters Road.

She added: "Everybody was clamoring around and shouting at the man".

Sadly, he has died.

It is too early to state if his death was as a result of the attack.

He has been taken to hospital as a precaution and will undergo a mental health assessment.

Prime Minister Theresa May described the crash as a "terrible incident". London Ambulance Service said on Twitter.

In 2014, Finsbury Park Mosque became one of only three faith organizations - and the first Muslim organization - to achieve the VISIBLE standard.

Mr Kacimi said when he did so, the driver said to him: I've done my bit.

It also follows a series of attacks, including the van-and-knife attack on London Bridge on June 3. It appears from eyewitness accounts that the perpetrator was motivated by Islamophobia.

People had been attending mosques in the area as part of the Muslim holy month of Ramadan.

We have made available two-and-a-half million pounds.

Other witnesses told Sky television that the van had hit at least 10 people.

I think he done it on goal. He actually ran them over. Images from the scene show a white van wedged against a traffic barrier at the end of a dead end street. Two of them ran away.

Communities and Local Government Secretary Sajid Javid spoke briefly to concerned residents before being led through the police cordon as he visited the scene. Some people wanted to beat him up. As soon as it finished, this guy came. They ran away somewhere. He was not ill. He complained that the "mainstream media" was unwilling to call the attack a terrorist incident for many hours.

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