At least one person died and several others injured after a van rammed into pedestrians near a mosque in north London, just after midnight on Monday. According to Metropolitan police, the injured were taken to three different hospitals. The incident happened when worshippers were leaving the Finsbury Park Mosque, following which one person, believed to be the driver of the van, was arrested. Police said they received a call at around 12.20 am regarding the collision on Seven Sisters Road, which runs through the area around the mosque.
Here are some of the reactions:
Prime Minister Theresa May: “This is a terrible incident. All my thoughts are with those who have been injured, their loved ones, and the emergency services on the scene.”
London Mayor Sadiq Khan: The Mayor of London described the incident as a “horrific terrorist attack”. He also offered his prayers for the victims. “My thoughts and prayers are with everyone affected. I am grateful to our emergency services, who responded quickly and have been working on the scene throughout the night,” he said. He also said that the incident was a “deliberate attack on innocent Londoners, many of whom were finishing prayers during the holy month of Ramadan.”
Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn: I’m totally shocked at the incident at Finsbury Park tonight.
I’m totally shocked at the incident at Finsbury Park tonight. pic.twitter.com/1ffKijNs73
— Jeremy Corbyn (@jeremycorbyn) June 19, 2017
Mohammed Kozbar: Our thoughts and prayers with those who got injured and effected by this cowardly attack in Finsbury Park area, many casualties in the floor.
Our thoughts and prayers with those who got injured and effected by this cowardly attack in Finsbury Park area, many casualties in the floor
— Mohammed Kozbar (@KozbarM) June 19, 2017
— Kim Dotcom (@KimDotcom) June 19, 2017
I grieve with our British friends for the victims of the London vehicle attack on mosque worshippers. So senseless & heartbreaking.
— Rep. Eric Swalwell (@RepSwalwell) June 19, 2017
British counter-terrorism officers have joined regular police to help investigate the incident, according to the Guardian.