'Number of casualties' after vehicle strikes London pedestrians

Earlier this month, a van veered into pedestrians on London Bridge, setting off vehicle and knife attacks that killed eight people and wounded many others on the bridge and in the nearby Borough Market area.

A 48-year-old man has been arrested after he was reportedly restrained by members of the public who called police.

In 2015, the mosque was one of around 20 that took part in an open day organised by the MCB to promote better understanding of Islam after Islamist-inspired terrorist attacks in Paris. "This is being treated as a terrorist attack and the Counter-Terrorism Command is investigating", said Neil Basu, senior national coordinator for terrorism.

She also retweeted a post by Brendan Cox, whose wife Jo Cox was murdered past year by a right-wing extremist, that said: 'When Islamist terrorists attack we rightly seek out hate preachers who spur them on. His motive is not yet clear but anti-Muslim terrorism is suspected.

May said she would chair an emergency security Cabinet session Monday.

- Muslim Council of Britain releases a statement calling it a "terror attack". Police said he was already receiving first aid when the attack unfolded. As a precaution, the suspect was taken to hospital for a checkup and will then be placed in custody. Two of those being treated in hospital sustained "very serious" injuries, said Basu.

"Due to the nature of this incident extra policing resources have been deployed in order to reassure communities, especially those observing Ramadan", the Guardian quoted the statement as saying.

The attack took place during the Holy month of Ramadan, when Muslims stay in the mosque till late to pray.

"There was this white van stopped outside Finsbury Park mosque that seemed to have hit people who were coming out after prayers had finished".

Forensics officers are examining a white van which has Pontyclun Van Hire on it - a firm from Rhondda Cynon Taff in Wales.

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.

There are reports that another two people leapt out of the van but escaped, although this has yet to be confirmed by police.

The incident occurred shortly after midnight.

Some told LBC radio the van "slowly and intentionally accelerated into a crowded cafe outside a mosque".

The leader of the mosque said "You do not touch him". "There was three people in the van".

One man has been arrested.

Witness Saeed Hashi described how he fought with the driver as he waited for police to arrive. "He punched me in the head".

"They should be called out for their hatred".

It has appealed for calm, adding that "all of our efforts should be towards getting justice for the victims and ensuring our community stays the diverse, tolerant and welcome place we know it to be".

Witness Hussain Ali also claimed the suspect was smiling and waving as he brought carnage to Seven Sisters Road in Finsbury Park, north London. "It's something we should not see".

London Mayor Sadiq Khan also condemned the attack. The Welfare House, on Seven Sisters Road, provides social, educational, and training services for "marginalized and ethnic communities", according to its website.

Harun Khan, the secretary general of the Muslim Council of Britain, said: "During the night, ordinary British citizens were set upon while they were going about their lives, completing their night worship". "All my thoughts are with the victims, their families and the emergency services on the scene".

All of those injured were members of the Muslim community.

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