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.