1 dead in crash near London mosque, suspected as terrorism

Metropolitan Police's deputy assistant commissioner Neil Basu said the "terrorist attack" began when the van was driven into a man who was already being given first aid by the public on the pavement.

Traffic was shut down on a section of Seven Sisters Road, where the incident occurred.

Videos from the scene posted on Twitter showed crowds of people surrounding a police van that apparently held the driver of the van.

After the London Bridge attack, Khan said there had been a 40 percent increase in racist incidents in the city and a fivefold increase in the number of anti-Muslim incidents.

The vehicle was rented from a Welsh company known as Pontyclun Van Hire.

"Everybody was shouting: 'A van's hit people, a van's hit people, '" she said.

One eyewitness, who asked to be identified as Mohamad, said the community was anxious about returning to the area for prayers on Tuesday (June 20).

The Finsbury Park mosque was once a notorious hub for radical Islamists but has changed markedly in recent years under new management.

In a statement, Finsbury Park Mosque said it "condemns in the strongest terms a heinous terrorist attack".

While speaking at Downing Street, after chairing a meeting with the government's Cobra emergency committee in Whitehall, May said: "hatred and evil of this kind will never succeed".

Who was driving the van?

Police said they were called just after 12:20 am (2320 GMT Sunday) to reports of a collision on Seven Sisters Road, which runs through the Finsbury Park area of north London.

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.

The driver of the van has reportedly been arrested.

London Mayor Sadiq Khan said it was a "horrific terrorist attack" aimed at "innocent Londoners, many of whom were finishing prayers during the holy month of Ramadan". "One of them, he was under the van, people were gathered around the van to actually lift the van up to get this guy up from under the van".

The police said it an investigation of the incident is being carried out by the counter terrorism command. Many police cars and ambulances responded to the incident.

Party leader Jeremy Corbyn said in a tweet that he had been in touch with mosques, the police, and the local council regarding the incident.

But the Met said: "At this early stage of this investigation, no other suspects at the scene have been identified or reported to police, however the investigation continues".

Warfa said numerous people in the street were worshipers who'd been attending late-night taraweeh prayers at Finsbury Park Mosque.

Eight people were killed last month when attackers used a van to plow into pedestrians on London Bridge, then got out to stab restaurant patrons with knives at the adjacent Borough Market.

A vehicle drove into pedestrians near a mosque in north London, killing at least one person, early on Monday.

He is expected to attend prayers at Finsbury Park mosque today.

Helicopters buzzed overhead, and ambulances and police cars raced to the scene.

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