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Van rams worshippers leaving London mosque

Police officers talk with local people at the Finsbury Park in north London, where a vehicle struck pedestrians Monday, June 19, 2017. A vehicle struck pedestrians near a mosque in north London early Monday morning, causing several casualties, police said. Yui Mok/PA via AP

Police officers talk with local people at the Finsbury Park in north London, where a vehicle struck pedestrians Monday, June 19, 2017. A vehicle struck pedestrians near a mosque in north London early Monday morning, causing several casualties, police said. Yui Mok/PA via AP

LONDON RAW

Several people have been injured, one person has been arrested and police have declared a ‘major incident’ after a van rammed into worshippers leaving a north London mosque.

The Muslim Council of Britain says the vehicle hit people as they were leaving Finsbury Park mosque.

Police were alerted just after 12.20 am on Monday to a collision on Seven Sisters Road, which runs through the Finsbury Park area of the city.

They said there were a number of casualties and one person had been arrested.

A witness told Sky News at least ten people were hit by the van.

‘From the window, I started hearing a lot of yelling and screeching, a lot of chaos outside. … Everybody was shouting: ‘A van’s hit people, a van’s hit people’,’ a woman who lives opposite the scene told the BBC.

‘There was this white van stopped outside Finsbury Park mosque that seemed to have hit people who were coming out after prayers had finished. I didn’t see the attacker himself, although he seems to have been arrested, but I did see the van.’

Mohammed Kozbar, chairman of the mosque, told The Sun: ‘Whoever did this, he did it to hurt people and it’s a terrorist attack.

‘We call it a terrorist attack as we called it in Manchester, Westminster and London Bridge.’

A Reuters witness saw at least one person being loaded into an ambulance. A number of police and ambulances were in attendance.

Other witnesses described the scene on Twitter.

‘Horrible to watch police officers doing cardiac massage at people on the floor, desperately trying to save them. I just hope they did,’ Cynthia Vanzella said.

The incident followed a series of attacks in Britain.

Eight people were killed and 50 injured on June 3 when three Islamist militants drove into pedestrians on London Bridge and stabbed people at nearby restaurants and bars.

On March 22, a man drove a rented car into pedestrians on Westminster Bridge in London and stabbed a policeman to death before being shot dead. His attack killed five people.

On May 22, a suicide bomber killed 22 people at a concert by American pop singer Ariana Grande in Manchester in northern England.


3 responses to “Van rams worshippers leaving London mosque”

  1. Hank says:

    Finsbury Park Mosque is the most radical mosque in the UK. It has turned out many ‘talented’ alumni. Looks like the payback has begun.

    • Hugo Tremayne says:

      The London has been for many decades one of the most cosmopolitan cities in the world, that is part of what makes it so vibrant and interesting.
      Since the recent media-led war against Islam a few small minded individuals have chosen to ride that xenophobic bandwagon. Shame to read that you Hank have adopted the hate and division narrative and are spewing it here in Byronshire, home of peace lovers and independent thinkers.
      Here’s to a fairer world.

  2. jedda says:

    Payback? W.. are you on about?.
    More people just died in the Grenfell Tower fire due to government negligence and incompetence than by the hands of “terrorists” in the UK.
    More Indigenous people die in custody in Australia each year than are killed by “terrorists”. More women are bashed to death by their husbands each year than are killed by “terrorists”.
    Get an educated perspective before you spout such hateful rhetoric.

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