London police plead for calm after attack at mosque

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

Several people were reportedly hurt after the van ploughed into a crowd outside Finsbury Park Mosque, where hate cleric Abu Hamza once preached, as they finished Ramadan evening prayers called taraweeh.

"It was an attack that once again targeted the ordinary and the innocent going about their daily lives, this time British Muslims as they left a mosque after prayers".

One woman who said she lives next to the scene told the BBC that she had heard yelling and screeching outside her window.

Khalid said three of his friends were injured in the attack, including one who was hit and pinned under the van.

Vanzella said she saw police put a man into a police auto and take him away, but she didn't see them arrest him.

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.

The British Muslim Council said over the past weeks and months Muslims have "endured many incidents of Islamophobia, and this is the most violent manifestation to date".

Meanwhile, delivery driver Mohammad Abdullah, who was on his bike near the incident, told Sky News he saw the van "take a sudden left turn".

He added: "Extra policing resources have been deployed across London in order to reassure communities, especially those observing Ramadan". "I would urge everyone to remain calm and vigilant", Basu said.

A man died and ten people were injured after a van was rammed into a crowd of worshipers near a mosque in north London, in what police are treating as a terrorist attack. Eight people were killed and dozens were wounded before police fatally shot the three attackers.

It was several hours too late for numerous Muslims who had witnessed the incident.

Muslim Association of Britain President Omer El-Hamdoon said: "Our thoughts and prayers are with the victims of this evil attack".

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

Some claim the man said, "I did my bit", just after the crash as he was wrestled to the ground.

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". "This is very worrying to the Muslim community".

The Muslim Council of Britain umbrella group said it expected increased security "as a matter of urgency".

Police have not named the man arrested, but the van bears the logo and phone number for Pontyclun Van Hire in south Wales.

Manchester was also hit by a severe attack when a bomber killed more than 20 people at an Ariana Grande concert.

British security officials, speaking on condition of anonymity in line with official policy, said hate crimes directed at Muslims have increased almost five-fold in the wake of several attacks in Britain.

"People were very upset, people were shouting, people were saying, "where's the police, where's the ambulance?' People were saying, 'keep him on the ground", people were asking questions, saying 'why did you do this?' People were laying down on the floor".

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