Vehicle mows down worshippers outside Finsbury Park mosque in London: Everything we know so far

Many of the victims were leaving late night prayers after breaking their Ramadan fast

By: Express Web Desk | New Delhi | Updated: June 19, 2017 1:57 pm
Finsbury Park, London, Seven Sisters Road, Finsbury Park Mosque, London attack, London mosque attack, Ramadan, London mosque, Pedestrian Killed, Indian express, india news, world news, Police officers attend to the scene after a vehicle collided with pedestrians near a mosque in the Finsbury Park neighborhood of North London, Britain June 19, 2017. REUTERS/Neil Hall

At least one person was dead and eight others injured on Monday after a van mowed down worshippers leaving a mosque in London’s Finsbury Park. One person has been arrested so far after the incident at Seven Sisters Road. The driver, 48, of the van was first detained by the members of the public, then arrested by the police. After describing it as a “major incident”, the police are currently investigating if it was an act of terror. British Prime Minister Theresa May has informed that the incident is being treated as a potential terrorist attack by the police. She is also going to chair an emergency response meeting later in the morning.

After commending the emergency services, London Mayor Sadiq Khan said, “I have been in contact with the Met Commissioner and senior officers and am being kept updated on all developments. I have also spoken with community organisations in the area, local MP Jeremy Corbyn and leader of the council Richard Watts.”

Reacting to the incident, the Muslim Council of Britain (MCB), UK’ largest umbrella body, said on Twitter: “We have been informed that a van has run over worshippers as they left FinsburyPark Mosque. Our prayers are with the victims.”

The Metropolitan Police were called in just after 12:20 am (Local time) to the accident site on Seven Sisters Road, where van rammed into pedestrians. Many of the victims were leaving late night prayers after breaking their Ramadan fast.

One eyewitness, as cited by BBC, said, “There was this white van stopped outside Finsbury Park Mosque that seems to have hit people who were coming out of the mosque after prayers finished.”

The witnesses have described the van swerving towards people, reported Guardian describing the nature of the collision.

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London Ambulance Service tweeted: “We have sent a number of ambulance crews, advance paramedics and specialist responses teams to the scene.”

Theresa May said that her thoughts were with all those injured. “This is a terrible incident,” May said in an emailed statement. “All my thoughts are with those who have been injured, their loved ones, and the emergency services on the scene.”

Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn said on Twitter that he was “totally shocked” after the incident. Saying that he is in touch with the mosques, police and Islington Council, he said, “My thoughts are with those and the community affected by the awful event.”

Earlier Mayor Sadiq Khan tweeted: “Emergency services are on the scene and investigating a major incident at Finsbury Park.”

British counter-terrorism police have joined regular police officers investigating the incident at a north London mosque, the Guardian newspaper reported.

Describing the attack “cowardly”, the chairman of the Finsbury Park Mosque said, “Our thoughts and prayers with those who got injured.”

Muslim Council of Britain has put out a statement saying the van driver intentionally “ploughed” into worshippers outside Finsbury Park mosque. The statement described the incident as a “violent manifestation of Islamophobia”.

Neil Basu, Deputy Assistant Commissioner, said that were no other suspects at the moment and no knife stabbing has been reported. Metropolitan Police officials said the incident is being treated as a terrorist attack, adding that the motive of the attack is still not clear but police are keeping an open mind.

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  1. I
    Jun 20, 2017 at 8:31 am
    Finally non Muslims ( real humans) are waking up to Islamic threat . Good job mate.
    1. P
      Jun 20, 2017 at 7:17 am
      Condem the incident.The muslim community rather the religions clergy should learn that being soft on terror and treating it with kids glove is the reason for the rise in fundamentalism. Other religions too have right wing radicals but the majority moderates are vocal and react in unison if they resort to violence while majority of moderate muslims are not outrightly rejecting extremism thats why its proliferating and endemic to islam
      1. S
        Jun 20, 2017 at 1:28 am
        this is not a terror act because accused is not a muslim they well him mad and let him go off
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          kulaputra kulaputra
          Jun 20, 2017 at 6:29 am
          Some may argue that this is a be ing reply to Manchester, London bridge attacks and the only message that terrorists will understand. Guess what - there will be sympathy for the attacker in this case. Now that the shoe is on the other foot, what is the response ?
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            Nitin Deolekar
            Jun 19, 2017 at 10:09 am
            ISIS Terrorist are also growing now in India, may be due to Dirty Nehru-Ambedkar Laws Like No Common Civil Code?? After Gifting Best Lands of Pak Bangla to Muslims as per their demands rest India Lands are mainly for Hindu 0.7 Buddha. But Pseudo Secular hi-Nehru Allowed Muslims to stay here? That has created all such serious problems for Hindus even in India Today!! in 1947 Hindu Population in Pak was 27 Bangladesh was 30 . Now not even 5 Hindu remained there. Better Change Dirty Laws Done by pseudo secular Nehru-Ambedkar like No Common civil code? Else till then cancel Hindu 1-wife Act Law done by Buddha Ambedkar. Revert Mr.Ambedkar Laws. Allow 2-shadi written Talak for Hindu. And force China 1-child Law to Muslim brothers for next 70 years. That shall help Muslims to prosper like China! Stop Education in Madrassah, teach muslims with Hindu in common. Teach Muslim Girls Tennis from Sania Mirza!! Gift Reservation for Muslim Women in BC Quota instead of Ambedkar caste.
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              Sohail Shaikh
              Jun 20, 2017 at 1:01 am
              there nothing to do with Islam or muslim 1) islam means submission to God 2) Muslim And Islam Are same 3) Indian Terrorist RSS (which safe Cow and kill Human) 4) India Divided By british council At that time not by nehru 5) Muslim are more indian than hindu who live out here in india 6) learn History than comment
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                kulaputra kulaputra
                Jun 20, 2017 at 6:31 am
                I wish that were true. Just look around. For the last 4 years, which religion has stuck the most terror worldwide? That is what the religion is now associated with. Cow terror as you have said has not killed many and is not terror at all - they did not bring down world trade centre or Taj mahal hotel. However if you keep up your terror, you will face it too. Suggest you study recent past history and then comment
            2. S
              Jun 19, 2017 at 9:12 am
              It is very sad incident.
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