Many Casualties After Van Attack Outside Mosque in London

It also comes at a time of political turmoil, as Prime Minister May plunges into divorce talks with the European Union weakened by the loss of her parliamentary majority in a June 8 election.

All the three incidents claimed innocent lives, however, there was only one difference, unlike the other two the Finsbury attacker was not a Muslim in fact he attacked Muslims.

Eyewitness Khalid Amin told BBC television that the van turned deliberately left and "just hit the people".

Police said the driver was arrested and the crash was being investigated as suspected terrorism.

Ali Habib, a 23-year-old student, said residents are angry that the mosque attack hasn't been portrayed in the same light as the other attacks across the country.

"Mark Regev, Israeli Ambassador to the United Kingdom tweeted: "#FinsburyPark was a vile terror attack targeted against worshippers during Ramadan, a month of peace.

Police were called within two minutes and arrived eight minutes later, killing the attackers in what officers said was an "unprecedented" volley of 46 bullets.

Police earlier said a vehicle had struck several pedestrians early Monday morning and one person had been arrested.

Police had said hate crimes had risen after the London Bridge attack and they had stepped up their visible presence at places of worship.

Toufik Kacimi, CEO of the Muslim Welfare House, a community center and mosque near the scene, told CNN that the imam "went quickly and grabbed the guy because the people there were trying to hit and kick the guy, but he saved him, and kept him safe until the police arrived".

Scotland Yard said armed police were at the scene, with the investigation being carried out by Counter Terrorism Command and an extra officers deployed to reassure Muslims during Ramzan.

Ten people were injured and police said a man died at the scene, though he was receiving first aid at the time and it wasn't clear if he died as a result of the attack or something else.

The driver has been taken to hospital as a precaution but will then be taken into custody.

The London Ambulance service confirmed it sent "a number of resources to an incident in Seven Sisters Road", including advance paramedics and specialist response teams. We stand in solidarity with our Muslim friends and pray for the bereaved and injured. Around 10% of the borough's population is Muslim.

The largest mosque in the area is Finsbury Park Mosque, an unassuming five-story redbrick building near the station, which opened in 1994.

Mr Basu thanked members of the public who detained the driver, saying "their restraint in the circumstances was commendable".

-The Finsbury Park Mosque "condemns in the strongest terms" a "heinous terrorist attack" early Monday, according to a statement released by the mosque.

On social media, witnesses said they believed the victims had been performing Tarawih, the evening prayers performed by Sunni Muslims at night in the Islamic month of Ramadan.

"While this appears to be an attack on a particular community, like the bad attacks in Manchester, Westminster and London Bridge it is also an assault on all our shared values of tolerance, freedom and respect", he continued.

- "London is a city of many faiths and many nationalities".

Scotland Yard said they had arrested a 48-year-old man.

Abdulrahman Saleh Alamoudi said he was among a group of people helping an elderly worshipper who had fallen down when the van swerved towards them. The leader of the opposition Labour Party, Jeremy Corbyn, said he was "totally shocked".

UK Prime Minister Theresa May condemned the attack, describing it as a "sickening" attempt to destroy liberties that unite Britain, such as freedom of worship.

Harun Khan, the MCB's secretary general, said: "It appears from eyewitness accounts that the perpetrator was motivated by Islamophobia". "Our prayers are with the victims".

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