Vehicle hits people near London mosque, causing casualties

Vehicle hits people near London mosque, causing casualties

The Muslim Council tweeted that worshippers were struck by a van as they were leaving prayers at the Finsbury Park mosque. The Muslim Council of Britain called what happened a "violent manifestation of Islamophobia".

British Prime Minister Theresa May said the incident was being treated at "a potential terrorist attack".

The chairman of the Finsbury Park Mosque says the van crash that hit worshippers was a "cowardly attack" and urged Muslims going to mosques to be vigilant.

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The Metropolitan Police called it a "major incident" and said one person had been arrested at the scene.

Kacimi said when he did so, the 48-year-old driver said to him: "I've done my bit".

After the collision, Saleh Alamoudi said the driver tried to flee on foot - but was stopped by he and two of his friends.

The incident occurred on Seven Sisters Road in Finsbury Park, a neighborhood where many immigrants live.

An unnamed resident who witnessed the incident said the driver "went straight down this road, people were just conversing, talking, just doing what we're doing".

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The mosque itself gained notoriety for sermons by radical cleric Abu Hamza al-Masri, who was sentenced to life in a USA prison in January 2015 after his conviction on terrorism-related charges.

Three Muslim extremists who carried out the attack were killed by police.

The Guardian reports that one male has been arrested.

Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn wrote on Twitter: "I'm totally shocked at the incident at Finsbury Park tonight. My prayers are with the victims and their families", read the statement. "We're being held some distance away from where the van was", said Phil Black on CNN, as footage from the pre-dawn hours showed a line of uniformed police, flashing lights and passers-by milling around, and little else in the frame.

Dozens of police, fire and ambulance service vehicles have been sent to the area, armed officers are on the scene and a helicopter is overhead. Anywhere from five to 11 people were mowed down, the witnesses said.

No other details were immediately available.

The incident comes at a time when emotions are high in the United Kingdom, in the wake of a series of deadly terrorist attacks.

Between two vehicle-and-knife rampages on London and Westminster bridges, and a suicide bombing outside an Ariana Grande concert in Manchester, 33 people have been killed since March.

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